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Programs

ABC administers numerous programs, including tenant based rental assistance programs and housing services for persons with serious mental illness, permanent housing to persons with serious mental illness or co-occurring mental health issues and substance use. ABC contracts with two housing providers (HOM, Inc. and Biltmore Properties), as well as the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Maricopa County, Mercy Care, to provide housing and services through these programs.

Tenant Based Rental Assistance Programs

  • Continuum of Care Permanent Supportive Housing
    • This program provides rental assistance to over 1,600 individuals and families experiencing homelessness. All those entering the program must meet the following criteria:
      • Diagnosed with a serious mental illness (SMI)
      • Enrolled with the RBHA
      • AHCCCS Eligible (Title XIX)
      • Be considered homeless according to HUD’s definition which is:
        • Sleeping in an emergency shelter.
        • Sleeping in places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks, or abandoned or condemned buildings.
        • Living in a transitional housing program for homeless persons such as Ozanam ManorUMOM, etc. Halfway Houses and Drug Rehab are not considered Transitional Housing. Staying in Halfway Houses, Drug Rehab, or living with family or friends does not meet the HUD homeless definition.
  • Mercy Care Scattered Site Housing Program
  • Coordinated Entry Subsidy Program

Housing Advocate

The ABC Housing Advocates specialize in working with program participants that have not secured a unit after searching for more than 45 days. It can be difficult to secure housing if a program participant has a criminal history, bad credit, previous evictions, literacy issues, disabilities or relies on public transportation. Program participants facing these types of barriers often need additional support in locating available units, negotiating with prospective landlords, coordinating with clinical teams and transportation while searching.

If you are a current program participant searching for a unit and you are in need of assistance, please contact your housing specialist at Biltmore Properties Inc., or at HOM Inc., for a referral to an ABC Housing Advocate. Find out more here.

SOAR

SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery, SOAR, is a national evidence-based practice model designed to assist with the completion of SSI/SSDI applications for individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness who have a mental health or co-occurring substance use disorder.ABC can assist participants living in our programs with zero or low income to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Find out more here.

Section 8 Mainstream Program

In 2001, Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation (ABC) was designated by HUD as a Public Housing Administrator for the purpose of administering the Mainstream Housing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Program, also referred to as the Mainstream Program. HOM, Inc. contracts with ABC to administer and operate the Mainstream Program.

The Mainstream Program provides Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to very-low income disabled families. Unlike the McKinney-Vento Programs, the Mainstream Program serves all disabled families, regardless of the type of disability. There is no preference provided to a family with a specific type of disability.

As in the Homeless Housing Programs, eligible applicants secure dwelling units in the community that meet Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and whose rents are determined to be reasonable in comparison to similar units that do not receive assistance. Participants contribute at least 30% of their adjusted income towards the cost of their rent and utilities. The programs utilize the HUD-published Fair Market Rents (FMR) as the payment standard for calculating subsidy for the household.

The Mainstream Program has funding for 125 vouchers, all of which are currently under lease in the community. HOM, Inc. maintains the waiting list for the Mainstream Program.

For additional information about the Mainstream Program, click here.