The National Alliance to End Homelessness posted a SAMHSA PATH Organizational Sign-On Letter on August 11. The letter is requesting support from organizations working to end homelessness in opposing Congress’ funding cuts to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Homelessness Programs, specifically cuts to the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program.
These budget cuts include:
- $25 million cut to PATH for FY16, a 38% cut from the $65 million allocated in FY15 from the Senate.
- $10 million cut to PATH in FY16 from the House.
- $2 million cut to SAMHSA homeless programs in the Senate and House and a $50 million cut to the Substance Abuse Block Grant in the Senate.
These cuts would seriously threaten Connecticut’s efforts to end homelessness and provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities. PATH-supported programs help support critical street outreach services. In 2014, PATH programs reached over 2,701 Connecticut residents. Of these, 66% were experiencing homelessness, and at least 17% had been homelessness for more than a year. If these cuts are realized, Connecticut street outreach will decrease, fewer people will be served, and coordination and referrals to mainstream services will drop.
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Click here to read the Organizational Sign-On Letter.
To sign the letter, please contact Jamie Colman
Click here to review CT’s 2014 PATH program data.