With its 30th anniversary beginning in July, PathForward (formerly A-SPAN) operates Arlington County’s Homeless Services Center (HSC) where it provides a breadth of life-saving supportive services for adult men and women experiencing homelessness. Its mission is to transform lives by delivering housing solutions and pathways to stability.
The HSC, much more than a shelter, is unique because it houses all of PathForward’s programs under one roof where clients can access a range of services 24/7, 365 days a year. These services include the following: a year-round shelter, case management, street outreach, nursing services, medical respite, housing services and a hypothermia shelter (November–March). The center’s day program provides three daily meals, laundry, a clothing room and showers. Integral to the success of these programs are the shelter and housing case managers who ensure that people experiencing homelessness get the services and support they need to move forward with their lives.
Since the pandemic began, PathForward remained open 24/7 and it even developed the new and growing Mobile Medical Program (MMP) to address the unmet need for equitable healthcare for those living “on the streets.” Through the MMP, a nurse partners with street outreach teams to provide medical care in order to build trust and connect clients to expanded services at the HSC.
In 2021, PathForward sheltered 351 individuals, provided 315 medical visits and served 27,463 meals. Since 2007, PathForward has housed close to 400 formerly homeless individuals, including veterans, and 95 percent of them have remained in housing.
“Case managers ensure that people experiencing homelessness get the services and support they need to move forward with their lives.”