Rental Assistance Programs

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Rental Assistance

SHC administers provides rental assistance to people with behavioral health disorders who are experiencing homelessness. All project participants have ongoing access to a comprehensive range of supportive services once they are placed in housing. SHC works with the City of Albuquerque, U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, and NM CYFD to administer these vouchers.

Housing First Individuals - supportive housing and services for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness; SHC collaborates with behavioral health partners to end homelessness for individuals who have been chronically homeless and are medically vulnerable.

Housing First Families - supportive housing and services for family households who are experiencing chronic homelessness.

Housing First Youth - supportive housing and services for young adults, ages 18-21, who are either aging out of CYFD Protective Services or exiting CYFD Juvenile Justice Services whose behavioral health needs impact their ability to maintain safe and stable housing.

Community Connections - supportive housing and case management for persons exiting detention who have a behavioral health diagnosis and are experiencing homelessness. This program is a collaboration with the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County Dept. of Behavioral Health Services, and Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless.

Homelessness Prevention & Assistance

Rapid Re-housing Rental Assistance – Rapid Re-housing provides short-term rental assistance and services (1 – 2 years). The goals are to help people obtain housing quickly, increase self- sufficiency, and stay housed. It is offered without preconditions (such as employment, income, absence of criminal record, or sobriety) and the resources and services provided are tailored to the needs of the person.

How to Apply

Program participants must be referred by one of our partnering agencies. Rental assistance is available for people experiencing homelessness who have a behavioral health diagnosis or disabling condition. Referrals to SHC’s rental assistance programs are made through the Coordinated Entry System and partner behavioral health organizations. Referrals to the Community Connections program come from the Bernalillo County's Community Connections Reentry Supportive Housing Program. SHC works with a number of local service agencies to offer and refer supportive services to participants in our housing programs.