Dr. Sam Tsemberis founded Pathways to Housing in 1992, with the belief that housing is a basic right for all. He currently serves as the CEO of Pathways, which operates programs in New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Vermont.
Dr. Tsemberis is a clinical-community psychologist and serves on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He has also served as principal investigator for several federally funded multi-site studies of homelessness, mental illness, and addiction, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics.
In 2006, Dr. Tsemberis was the recipient of the prestigious Macy Award for individual achievement in the battle to end homelessness from the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Dr. Tsemberis is currently working with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to provide training and technical assistance in a national five city implementation of Housing First.