Rental Assistance Programs

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SHC administers tenant-based housing vouchers for 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, Bernalillo County, U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, and NM MFA to provide this assistance.

Housing First Individuals (Albuquerque) - 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 (Albuquerque)- supportive housing and services for family households who are experiencing chronic homelessness.

Community Connections (Bernalillo County) - 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.

Linkages (McKinley County) - The Linkages program provides rental assistance for individuals with a serious mental illness diagnosis who are also homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Housing & Services Coordinators and case managers work together to meet a client’s immediate housing needs and to provide supportive services such as case management and mental health care.

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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  programs in Albuquerque 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.