Christine Simiriglia established Pathways to Housing PA in Philadelphia in 2008. Pathways currently houses and serves 450 people with multiple disabilities who have experienced chronic homelessness. The housing is permanent, supported and scattered site. In 2013 Pathways opened a satelite site of a Federally Qualified Health Center, and added Medication Assisted Treatment in 2016. In 2014, she launched the Philadelphia Furniture Bank (PFB), providing furniture to individuals and families moving out of homelessness. In 2016 Pathways became the first Housing First program to use a scattered site/harm reduction model to serve people who are homeless with Opioid Use Disorders. In 2017, Pathways developed a Housing First Training Program for agencies and communities looking to use the model. This has been a busy decade! For fifteen years prior, Chris held several positions with the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, leaving the position of Vice President in 2008. Early in her career she ran the Outreach Coordination Center at Project HOME; was Assistant Director at the City’s newly formed Office of Services to the Homeless and Adults; and served as Assistant Director for the Philadelphia Committee for the Homeless. In between, Chris has been published related to her work around homelessness and mental illness and offers consulting services in the areas of non-profit development, personal productivity and organizational management. She works in North Philadelphia and is “living happily ever after” in New Jersey with the love of her life, Joshua, and two little rescued pups named Leo and Rudy.
4:00 PM–5:30 PM Jul 24, 2018 (US - Eastern)