New Manual on 'Housing First: The Pathways Model' Available

Friday, February 4, 2011

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February 1, 2011

Dear Colleague:

I am delighted to inform you that after years of developing, testing and refining the Housing First model and helping agencies throughout the US, Canada and Europe put it into practice, I have finally completed the manual that describes how to implement this program. Housing First: The Pathways Model to End Homelessness for People with Mental Illness and Addiction has just been published by Hazelden.

The purpose of writing Housing First was to provide a coherent and clearly defined guide for practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students in the social and behavioral health sciences. I have attempted to clearly and specifically lay out the actionable steps required to implement the Housing First approach and describe the program's core principles of consumer-driven or person-centered care in the hope that existing programs may find useful in transforming their existing practice to a Housing First approach.

The manual and accompanying DVD detail philosophy, day-to-day operations and administration; staffing structure and operations for clinical and housing services; property management services and working with community landlords; the use of ACT and ICM teams as support services; the home visit;how to develop person-centered comprehensive service plans; and the incorporation of other evidence-based practices. Housing First also lays out what we have learned along the way, highlighting the research evidence for the program's remarkable effectiveness and cost savings that have won the program SAMHSA's recognition as an evidence-based model.

If you are interested in purchasing Housing First: The Pathways Model to End Homelessness please go to, or call (800)-328-9000. To learn more about program implementation and training resources visit our website at

As always, I welcome your feedback and insights as we continue advancing the model that can truly end homelessness and transform the lives of people with mental health and addiction problems.

Respectfully yours,

Dr. Sam Tsemberis

Founder and CEO


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