The Pathways office will be closed to the public effective end of March 16, 2020 until further notice. Although the office will be closed to personal visits, we will continue all essential services to our clients. Please call the office at 519-482-8505 if you have any further questions.


Pathways to Self-Sufficiency is a joint project supported by Social Services and the Health Unit. The project was made to provide financial assistance to those in need of essential items.

What is Pathways to Self-Sufficiency?

Pathways is an emergency program that helps low-income families and individuals in Huron County when they are most in need. The aim of the program is to reduce child poverty, promote attachment to the workforce, and prevent homelessness.

What help may be available?

  • Emergency childcare
  • Emergency dental
  • Emergency heat
  • Emergency housing
  • Emergency hydro
  • Emergency rent
  • Emergency transportation
  • Eyeglasses
  • Limited assistance with cost of prosthetic items

Do you qualify?

Depending on your income, you may be eligible for Pathways when you are faced with a sudden change in your finances.

How much will Pathways pay for?

Depending on what item you are requesting, Pathways may pay up to $750 per calendar year for rent, heat or housing or up to $500 per calendar year for health related items. Sometimes this will not be enough to cover the cost of your request. We will connect you to other agencies and programs, and will suggest other places to try for help.

How do I get help from Pathways?

You can reach Pathways by contacting Huron County Social Services and asking to speak to the Pathways Case Manager. People receiving Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) assistance should also call Huron County Social Services and speak directly to staff.

What should I expect when I call?

We are here to help! A Pathways staff person will take your information to see if the program can help you. They may also put you in touch with other community and government resources.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pathways to Self-Sufficiency please call Huron County Social Services at 519.482.8505 or Toll Free 1.888.371.5718.