The Pathway Home program provides financial assistance for up to 12 months to help individuals and families move out of homeless shelters and stay with family members or friends until they can move into a home of their own.

If you have been living in a shelter for 90 or more days, you are encouraged to apply for the program.

If you are approved for Pathway Home, the family or friend you will stay with will get monthly payments of up to $1,800 for up to 12 months. You and your host family will also each receive a $300 gift card.

If you’re currently eligible for CityFHEPS and remain eligible at the point you apply, you will be able to use this program to move to your own apartment, even if you leave shelter now to join family or friends.

Your case manager or housing specialist can help you complete the application and gather the required documents. You can get more information:


Learn more about Pathway Home.

By Phone

  • Agency: Department of Homeless Services
  • Division: Office of the Ombudsman
  • Phone Number: (800) 994-6494
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Staff is available through the automated phone system during business hours.

Project Reconnect is for homeless people who are in a shelter or applying for shelter in New York City. If you have a place where you can live outside of the City and you qualify, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) may be able to help you get one-way transportation by train, bus, or plane.

To qualify for one-way transportation, you must have:

  • A strong connection to a location outside of New York City
  • Already identified an apartment or house where you can live
  • A way to support yourself, either through a job or through a family member or other person

Get information about Project Reconnect.

For more information, you should speak to your case worker at your shelter or ask the DHS staff when applying for shelter at a homeless intake location.

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