PATH DHS Shelter - Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing
All families who are applying for shelter at PATH must have proper identification for all members of their household, such as:
Any form of ID with a picture and proof of age, such as a welfare ID card, green card, driver's license, passport or visa, or picture employment card
Social Security card
Identity card in the Public Assistance system
If working, your most recent pay stub
Family workers are available on-site to help families obtain necessary information and documents from government agencies and third parties, to the extent reasonably possible.
What if I don’t speak English?
Interpreter assistance will be made available for individuals who do not speak English.
What is involved with the application process at PATH?
Families with children must apply for shelter in order to ensure that they do not have an alternative housing option available to them. DHS firmly believes that families are best served in their communities through prevention efforts, and that they should only utilize temporary emergency shelter as a last resort when they are experiencing an immediate housing crisis.
Once a family arrives at PATH, they will first be interviewed by a Human Resources Administration (HRA) caseworker, who will inquire about their living situation and explain the services that may help them avoid entering shelter- including family mediation, anti-eviction legal services, out-of-city relocation assistance, Family Eviction Prevention Supplement (FEPS), or a one-shot deal through HRA.
If these services do not apply to a family’s specific circumstances, a DHS family worker interviews the family to obtain information about their prior living situation. Families may be assigned a temporary shelter placement for up to 10 days while DHS investigates the information provided during the interview. Based on the investigation, DHS determines whether the family is eligible or ineligible for shelter, based on whether they have fully cooperated with the application and eligibility process and/or have other housing options available to them.