Description & History

As originators of the Housing First model, Pathways to Housing seeks to transform individual lives by ending homelessness and supporting recovery for those with psychiatric disabilities. We believe housing is a basic human right, and aspire to change the practice of homeless services by:


  • Providing immediate access to permanent independent apartments, without preconditions.
  • Setting the standard for services driven by consumer choice that support recovery and community integration.
  • Conducting research to find innovative solutions and best practices for those who suffer from mental illness and homelessness.


Pathways to Housing was founded by Dr. Sam Tsemberis in 1992 and is widely credited as being the originator of the revolutionary “Housing First” model of addressing homelessness among people with psychiatric disabilities.  

The Pathways Housing first model is simple: provide housing first, and then combine that housing with supportive treatment services in the areas of mental and physical health, substance abuse, education, and employment.  

About the organization

Pathways to Housing NY

Georgia Boothe
Executive Director
Nancy Opoku
Volunteer Coordinator
212-289-0000 ext: 1124
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