The Mainstream Program provides rental assistance through Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to very low-income, disabled households. The purpose of the program is to expand residential choice for Mainstream households while promoting fair housing, ensuring safe and affordable housing, and encouraging self-sufficiency efforts by participant households. The Mainstream program serves ALL disabled families, regardless of the type of disability. There is no preference provided to families with specific types of disabilities. Also, the Mainstream program does NOT require that applicants be homeless.
HUD selected Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation (ABC) to administer 125 housing choice vouchers under the Mainstream Housing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Program. ABC contracts with HOM for full program management of the Mainstream Program on their behalf. HOM maintains the waiting list, determines program eligibility, assists participants secure housing in the community and manages ongoing program participation.
The waiting list for the Mainstream program is currently closed.
It is the policy of HOM to comply fully with all Federal, State, and local nondiscrimination laws; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations governing Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, familial status, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under housing programs managed by HOM.
Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation (ABC) has prepared a draft 5-year PHA plan and revised Administrative Plan for public review and comment.
The 5-year PHA plan describes the mission, goals and objectives of the ABC Housing Agency. To comply with HUD Mainstream Voucher requirements the Administrative Plan is revised so that: 1) all new admissions must be non-elderly (age 18 to 61) persons with disabilities; 2) twenty-two (22) vouchers will be limited to non-elderly persons with disabilities who are: experiencing or at risk of homelessness; transitioning out of institutional or other segregated settings; or are at serious risk of institutionalization; 3) thirty-one (31) vouchers will be limited to non-elderly persons with disabilities who are: experiencing or at risk of homelessness; transitioning out of institutional or other segregated settings; are at serious risk of institutionalization; or previously experienced homelessness and are currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project; and 4) the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) policy includes emergency transfer policies.
The proposed documents are below and available for public review and comment from April 10, 2020 to May 25, 2020.
5-Year PHA Plan – DRAFT
Administrative Plan – DRAFT
Citizens wishing to make written comments may mail them to Sharon Shore at the HOM, Inc., office or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 25, 2020.
The public hearing on the 5-year PHA Plan and proposed revisions to the Administrative Plan will be held before the ABC Housing Agency Board of Directors on Tuesday June 9, 2020 at 5:30 PM at 501 East Thomas Road, Phoenix AZ 85012.