Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)


To provide financial assistance to States to support services for individuals who are suffering from serious mental illness or serious mental illness and substance abuse; and are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Programs and activities include: (1) Outreach services; (2) screening and diagnostic treatment services; (3) habilitation and rehabilitation services; (4) community mental health services; (5) alcohol or drug treatment services; (6) staff training; (7) case management services; (8) supportive and supervisory services in residential settings; (9) referrals for primary health services, job training, educational services, and relevant housing services; and (10) prescribed set of housing services.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 56 awards will be made. 56 awards were made.
Fiscal Year 2017 56 awards will be made.
Fiscal Year 2018 56 awards made
Fiscal Year 2020 It is estimated 1 award will be made.
Fiscal Year 2021 It is estimated 1 award will be made.
Fiscal Year 2022 57 awards were made
Fiscal Year 2023 56 awards were made
Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1990, Public Law 101-645
Public Health Service Act, Title V, Part C, Section 521, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 290cc-21 et seq
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States, District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals who have a serious mental illness or serious mental illness and substance abuse; and are homeless or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless.
This program is subject to 2 CFR 200/45 CFR Part 75 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS Awards.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. There is no preapplication requirement. This program is not subject to the intergovernmental review requirements of E.O. 12372, as implemented through DHHS regulations at 45 CFR 100. However, individual States may require, or an applicant State mental health agency may want to implement, coordination procedures similar to those specified in E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Chief Executive Officer of a State or Territory must apply annually for an allotment. Applications include a completed application form and a set of assurances.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed for completeness and for compliance with legislative requirements. Grant awards are issued directly by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to the designated State agency.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Approximately 8 weeks.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Applications must fulfill all statutory and regulatory requirements. For information on statutory and Federal regulations requirements contact: Caroline Fernandez, Public Health Advisor, Homeless Programs Branch Division of Service and Systems Improvement,Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, HHS, Email:, Tel: (240) 276 2557.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used at the discretion of the State to achieve the described objectives except that funds cannot be used: (1) To support emergency shelters or construction of housing facilities; (2) for inpatient psychiatric or substance abuse treatment costs; or (3) to make cash payments to intended recipients of mental health or substance abuse services. Not more than 20 percent of the payment may be expended for housing services; not more than 4 percent of the total allocation may be expended for administrative expenses. The applicants must agree that the payments will be expended solely for making grants to political subdivisions of the State, and to nonprofit private entities (including community-based veterans organizations and other community organizations) for the purpose of providing the services.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
This program is subject to 45 CFR Part 75, Subpart F - Audit requirements.
Records are subject to record retention and access requirements under 45 CFR ?? 75.361 through 75.365.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 45 Part 92 Public Law 101-645 Effective December 13, 2016, the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirement under Section 522(g) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 290cc-22) of this title has been removed by Section 9004 (b) 21st Century Cures Act (P.L. 114-255). The amendment to the PATH program statute does not eliminate MOE compliance requirements that are unresolved from years preceding this amendment. Please consult your Government Project Officer for additional guidance.

Matching is voluntary. The formula is cited in Section 524 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended by Public Law 101-645. The formula allots funds on the basis of the population living in urbanized areas of the State, compared to the population living in urbanized areas of the entire United States except that no State receives less than $300,000 ($50,000 for Territories). States must agree to make available, directly or through donations from public or private entities, nonfederal contributions equal to not less than $1 (in cash or in kind) for each $3 of Federal funds provided in such grant. Territories have no matching requirements.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Each allotment is available for obligation for the award period (1-year). Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Odessa Crocker
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857 US
Phone: 240-276-1078
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 22$62,374,158.00; FY 23 est $63,117,278.00; FY 24 Estimate Not Available FY 19$61,605,626.00; FY 20 est $52,081,244.00; FY 21 FY 18$61,596,302.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range - $50,000 to $8,812,865; Avg. - $1,099,933.96
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
This program is subject to the HHS regulations at 45 CFR Part 75, which implement 2 CFR 200.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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