Sam Tsemberis, Ph.D
Dr. Sam Tsemberis serves as the CEO of Pathways to Housing, an organization he founded in 1992 based on the belief that housing is a basic human right.
Pathways developed the Housing First program that provides immediate access to permanent housing for individuals who are homeless and who have psychiatric disabilities and multiple co-occurring conditions such as addiction and health problems. The program does not require participation in treatment or a period of sobriety as a precondition for entering housing. All support and treatment services are offered using a person centered recovery focused approach.
The Pathways’ Housing First program has been successfully replicated across the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. There is substantial research evidence base documenting its effectiveness the program is endorsed by the United Sates Interagency Council on the Homeless and is listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Registry of Evidence Based Programs. Additionally, the program has received recognition and numerous awards including the American Psychiatric Association’s Gold Award for excellence in community mental health.
Dr. Tsemberis is a clinical-community psychologist and is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He has received recognition and numerous awards for his commitment, innovation and advocacy to ending homelessness for people with mental illness and addiction. He currently serves as principal research investigator for several federally funded studies of homelessness dual diagnosis and has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics. Last year, Hazelden Publishers, published his book entitled Housing First: The Pathways Model to End Homelessness for People with Mental Illness and Addiction.