Located in Lowell, Pathfinder is a nationally recognized program that serves people experiencing homelessness who often have a psychiatric disability and other challenges. With 12 units of permanent supportive housing, the program targets people who have been unable to access services and treatment needed to begin the process of reentering mainstream society. Residents must fall under the Department of Housing Development’s definition of chronically homeless. Referrals come from the Department of Mental Health and members of the Lowell Continuum of Care. Each resident has their own room and share common living spaces; kitchen, bath and living room. Pathfinder Permanent Supportive Housing is a 24/7 model and is a low-threshold program.
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Pathfinder has 12 housing units for single men experiencing homelessness. With the supervision of an on-site property manager, residents are connected to services in the community to remain living as independently as possible.
Residents receive a complete assessment of needs and are offered a menu of services including: assistance in selecting and accessing medical and mental healthcare providers, medication management, managing finances, pursuing entitlement benefits and carrying out activities of daily living.
This program is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Various state organizations provided the resources to build the building in 2009.