Laura Sandoval

Regional Director, PATH San Jose


Housing and Homelessness Columnist

Column contributed fourth Monday of every month

Laura Sandoval joined PATH San Jose as the director of programs in July 2020, where she managed all regional programs including outreach, supportive housing and bridge housing programs. She now serves as the organization’s regional director. Laura has worked with persons emerging from homelessness in a range of settings including outreach, safe haven, VASH, individual therapy, rapid rehousing, property management and permanent supportive housing.

She is a licensed clinical social worker with over a decade of experience in supportive housing and mental health services. Laura earned her master’s degree in social work from California State University, Long Beach and a baccalaureate in intercultural studies.

Sandoval: Outreach to our unhoused neighbors takes time, trust and tenacity

There are a lot of misconceptions about people experiencing homelessness. A pervasive one is that unhoused people don’t want help, shelter or housing. From mine and my team’s years of experience, we have found that to be patently false. Quite the opposite: PATH’s 2021 client feedback survey showed 87% of our unhoused participants actively want...

Sandoval: Homes end homelessness and it takes a village to build them

The underlying causes of homelessness are complex, but they can be narrowed down to structural inequities and, ultimately, the lack of housing. We see trends of homelessness increasing when the cost of housing increases. Despite a lot of progress being made in the homelessness and housing sectors, we are still seeing more people fall into...