ABC administers numerous housing programs, including tenant based rental assistance programs, shelter and services for persons with serious mental illness, permanent housing to persons with serious mental illness, permanent housing to persons with HIV/AIDS and transitional housing to homeless families. ABC contracts with two housing providers (HOM Inc. and Biltmore Properties, as well as the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Maricopa County (Magellan), to provide housing and services through these programs.

Tenant Based Rental Assistance Programs

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 Manor, UMOM, 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.

For more information on this program and how to apply, please visit our FAQ page.
A downloadable application for this program is available here.

Transitional Housing Programs

ABC contracts with House of Refugee East (HRE) to provide transitional housing to homeless families. For more information on this program, please visit the House of Refuge website

Shelter Programs

NOVA Safe Haven provides shelter and services for persons with a serious mental illness. The safe haven has a day Drop in Program, along with residential and supportive services. For more information on the Safe Haven, you can visit the Nova Safe Haven website.

HIV/AIDS Programs

ABC contracts with Southwest Behavioral Health Services to administer a permanent housing program for persons diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. You will find more information on our Other Housing Programs Page, as well as a brief overview in the Services section on: Southwest Behavioral Health Services' website.

ABC also contracts with Phoenix SHANTI Group to provide permanent housing to persons specifically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. To find out more about SHANTI, visit Shanti's website

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.

Additional Programs

ABC and Southwest Behavioral Health Services also provide a permanent housing program for persons diagnosed with a serious mental illness who are enrolled in the RBHA. You can find out more about this program on Southwest Behavioral Health Services' website.