The "PATH" is built on one simple principle: "Every individual has the right to be all that they can be;" with the ultimate goal being self-sufficiency.  To that end the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem in collaboration with local community partners has agreed to provide programs and services focusing on reducing or eliminating the family dependency on local, state and federal support.  This program has two paths: Education and Employment. The education path is targeted to pre-k through college, with a maximum age limit of 25.  The employment path is targeted to ages 18 through 61.  Based on federal statutory rules, tenant participation in this program is fully voluntary.

Entrance into PATH is through a single orientation and assessment portal.  The activities associated with this first step include but are not limited to:

  • Orientation
  • List of services and programs
  • Benefits and outcomes
  • Services and client participation and expectations
  • In-depth assessment of entire household
  • Development of individualized goals and objectives
  • Assignment to an individual case manager
  • Career counseling
  • Job readiness
  • Job search and placement

Based on the assessment findings each individual will be assigned to either the education or employment path.

PATH Enrollment Form

PATH Flyer


Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. The purpose of Section 3 to ensure that employment and other economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible, and consistent with existing Federal, State and local laws and regulations, be directed to low- and very low income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing, and to business concerns which provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons.

Section 3 Brochure

Section 3 FAQs

Youth programs are provided in the following family developments: Piedmont Park, Cleveland Avenue Homes and Stoney Glen. Each of these areas has an after-school homework assistance program that operates Monday through Friday. Each area has a computer lab that enhances the program. All sports programs are an extension of homework assistance programs.

HAWS Community and Supportive Services provides professional support services and programs that empower residents to make choices that lead to self-sufficiency. Staff and tenants develop comprehensive plans that address demands of today's challenging economic society. Youth and Adult services are designed to link tenants with services based in our local community. HAWS’ ability to build strong community partnerships strengthen programs and eliminate duplication of services while following the appropriate continuum of care.

Service Coordinators may often be involved in creating new services or educational programs, advocating for residents, working with resident councils to improve the development's community life, assisting with community outreach, and keeping current on aging issues.  The Service Coordinator is responsible for assuring that elderly residents, especially those who are frail or at risk, and those non-elderly residents with disabilities are linked to the specific supportive services they need to continue living independently in that development.