Rental Assistance Program

Tillie Poper, Housing Specialist, welcomes Mickey to his new home.
Tillie Poper, Housing Specialist, welcomes Mickey to his new home.

Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico administers nearly 400 tenant based rental assistance vouchers on a scattered site basis in the private rental market in Albuquerque. At present, we have a pool of over 150 different participating landlords in the area. Our housing staff is certified to conduct housing (HQS) inspections in accordance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development quality standards.

How to apply :
Program participants must be referred by one of our partnering agencies. Rental assistance is available for homeless persons who have behavioral health disorders.  SHC-NM works with a number of local service agencies to offer and refer supportive services to participants in our housing programs. These agencies offer a comprehensive supportive services system and a range of housing settings for homeless people with behavioral health disorders, including street outreach, mental health counseling, medical and dental care, emergency drop-in services, life skills training, transportation assistance, and assistance with accessing other social and health benefits.

Housing First Program
This program is designed to provide permanent housing to individuals and families who have a long history of homelessness and who have behavioral health disorders, including substance abuse and chronic mental health issues. Project participants are extremely-low income, with incomes at or below thirty percent of the area median income. SHC-NM has successfully administered this program since July 1, 2005 with funding from the City of Albuquerque. All project participants have ongoing access to a comprehensive range of supportive services once they are placed in housing. Our experience and research indicate that it is necessary to combine affordable housing with supportive services to effectively keep people housed. Simply placing individuals in community based housing will not be sufficient for individual or project success. Over 250 vouchers are funded in this program.

Move-In/Eviction Prevention Grant Program
Distribution of one-time emergency grants for move-in assistance and eviction prevention to help low-income families and individuals avoid homelessness. Please contact an agency from the link above for assistance on similar programs in the Albuquerque/Rio Rancho area.

Supportive Housing Programs
Sevagram, Pathways, and Homeward are leasing programs funded through HUD’s Continuum of Care grants and provide permanent housing to individuals and families who are experiencing chronic homelessness and who have a behavioral health disorder. Tenants must have an on-going case management relationship to qualify for this voucher.

Transitions Program
In partnership with New Mexico’s Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD), the Transitions program provides housing for youth who are aging out of foster care placements or the juvenile justice system. Referrals are made only through CYFD.