Certified Addictions Counselor- Veterans' Housing First

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000
Maximum: $55,000
Details: Salary commensurate with experience




101 Q Street, NE
Suite G
United States


Pathways to Housing DC is an innovative agency based in the heart of Washington, D.C. We believe that housing is a basic human right, and that without housing people are unable to address their mental health disorders, addictions, and other life stressors. We provide each person entering our program their own apartment, without requiring treatment compliance or sobriety as a prerequisite. We then provide each person with intensive support services to help them stay housed and begin their journey to recovery.

We are looking for a Certified Addiction Counselor to serve an integral role supporting our Veterans Housing First Team (VET-HF). The Addictions Counselor in collaboration with psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, and peers, provides services for substance abuse and addiction treatment support to formerly homeless veterans referred to Pathways by the VA and community agencies. The VET-HF team employs a “Housing First” model to rapidly reduce Veteran homelessness, particularly for those who present with serious mental illness, co-occurring substance use disorders, and/or chronic medical conditions. Services are provided to veterans in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Maryland.

Successful Addictions Counselors are flexible and patient, work well in a fast-paced environment and are independent thinkers.


  • Collaborate with veterans in the formulation of an Individual Recovery Plan (IRP) that is reviewed and modified with veteran on a regular basis;
  • Provide outreach, case management, counseling, advocacy, and other needed services to veterans in any environment including: the streets, shelters, jails, hospitals, apartments, office, etc., 80% of contact with veterans is conducted in the field;
  • Provide individually tailored services to each veteran in the following areas: housing, school, training & work opportunities, activities of daily living, health, wellness self-management, relapse prevention, money management & entitlements, medication support, self-help & empowerment, problem solving, family life & social relationships and integrated treatment for substance abuse;
  • Maintain written and computerized records compile reports and complete other program documentation (e.g., progress notes, incident reports, on-call logs, letters, and psychosocial assessments);
  • Coordinate and monitor referrals to community services and advocate veteran participation;
  • Lead groups, workshops, and in-service meetings on topics relevant to identified areas of veteran need;
  • 80% of time will be spent in the field/community, directly providing services to persons living with serious mental illnesses.
  • Perform related work as assigned;


  • Preference provided to current, reserve or veterans of the US Armed Forces.
  • Licensed as a Certified Addiction Specialist
  • Minimum of one year experience in social services, supported housing, or with persons with disabilities;
  • Patience, creativity, flexibility, compassion, and sensitivity to persons with disabilities and other minority populations;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of harm reduction theory/applications;
  • Excellent communication, writing, and computer skills;
  • Bilingual English/Spanish a plus;
  • Driver's license and vehicle required.


Excellent Benefits, including health insurance, generous vacation and sick leave and 403(b).

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

High School