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ABC administers numerous programs, including tenant based rental assistance programs, community living 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 the housing provider HOM, as well as AHCCCS, to provide housing and services through these programs.

Tenant Based Rental Assistance Programs

  • Maricopa County 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.
  • Statewide AHCCCS Housing Program
    • ABC and its subcontractor, HOM, provides housing administration services to AHCCCS members and providers. These services include receiving referrals and housing applications, managing waiting lists, determining eligibility, conducting housing briefings, assisting and supporting members in housing searches, verifying household income and rent contributions, conducting initial and annual Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections, paying rental subsidy to landlords or property owners, and assisting with annual re-certifications and lease renewals.
      • Please note, ABC and HOM are not health care providers. Participants will receive services through their integrated clinic, health home, or provider.
      • Find out more here

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 HOM, for a referral to an ABC Housing Advocate. 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 maintains the waiting list for the Mainstream Program.

For additional information about the Mainstream Program, click here.