Peer Support Specialist - Downtown Day Services Center

Position Title: Peer Support Specialist – Downtown Day Services Center

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Reports to: DDSC Clinical Supervisor

Pathways to Housing DC (Pathways DC) is an innovative and nationally recognized nonprofit organization committed to ending homelessness for individuals with serious mental illnesses, co-occurring substance abuse disorders and/or other medical challenges in our Nation's capital. Pathways is one of the originators of “Housing First”, in which services are provided to those in need without conditions and pre-housing requirements such as curfews, mandated sobriety or compliance with medication.

The Peer Support Specialist will utilize his or her lived experience of suffering from homelessness and recovery from mental illness and/or addiction, plus skills learned in formal training, to deliver services to consumers on the Pathways Service team. The Peer will function as a role model to peers; exhibit competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills; serve as a consumer advocate, and provide consumer information and peer support for clients working with the Pathways team.


● Assist the consumer in completing mental health screening tool and case management assessment.

● Assist in developing and modeling effective coping techniques and self help strategies.

● Assist clients to manage their monies, including preparing budgets with clients and computing expenses;

● Coordinate and monitor referrals to community services, and advocate client participation in them. Ensures “warm transfers” and facilitate introductions to new service providers

● Educate, inform and advocate for clients regarding benefits and entitlements (Social Security, Public Assistance, food stamps, etc.)

● Perform other related duties as required.


● Personal life experience with homelessness preferred. Additional life experience in suffering from mental illness or substance abuse helpful

● Experience working with consumers with co-occurring disorders.

● HS Diploma/GED required; college degree helpful

● Peer Specialist Certification or training in the use of personal recovery stories in a professional setting highly desired

● Willingness and desire to professionally use one’s own personal recovery journey to work with others as appropriate.

● One year experience working with in a mental health program helpful

● Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing

● Ability to maintain boundaries but comfortable using self and personal experiences as applicable

● Bilingual, (English, Spanish or other languages) highly desired.

How to Apply: 

To apply, send an email with cover letter and resume to Please indicate the position in your email's subject line.