As we leave the pandemic, PATH clients still face significant challenges. Average rent in Smith County has increased significantly over the past few years. This means that available funding serves fewer individuals and families. PATH is the only organization listed on 903help.org that offers rent assistance to families facing homelessness. PATH's rent assistance keeps people housed when an unexpected event occurs.
In addition, inflation is affecting our neighbors in need, especially those who are on fixed incomes. Families seeking food pantry assistance are rising, and due to inflation, the cost of stocking our pantry is on the rise as well.