AHCCCS Housing Programs
AHCCCS provides several permanent supportive housing programs throughout Arizona alongside supportive health services to help members in need. Our housing programs are provided to members with a designation of Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and some services are provide for members with a General Mental Health and/or Substance Use Disorder (GMHSUD). Providing supportive housing services not only helps members gain and maintain housing, it also helps lower utilization of emergency and crisis services. AHCCCS provides supportive housing services to approximately 3,000 members across the state.
The AHCCCS Housing Program (AHP) consists of both permanent supportive housing and supportive services. The majority of AHCCCS available housing funding is reserved for members with a designation of Serious Mental Illness (SMI), although limited housing is provided for some individuals without an SMI designation who are considered to have a General Mental Health and/or Substance Use Disorder (referred to as “GMHSU”) need. For persons with GMHSU needs, housing priority is focused on persons identified with increased service utilization including crisis or emergency services and/or services addressing complex chronic physical, developmental, or behavioral conditions. For a limited number of units within the program, eligibility is further based upon receipt of specific behavioral health services such as an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team.
The AHP is community-based permanent supportive housing where a member should have a renewable lease, the right of entry and exit (not restricted by program), and can voluntarily select services. Housing subsidies are provided for permanent supportive housing scattered site units (Scattered Site Program), dedicated site-based units (Community Living Program), and in projects where a portion of the units have been set aside to serve AHP members (Project Based Vouchers). All subsidized rental units must meet or exceed all federal minimum Housing Quality Standards (HQS) of health and safety, as well as any additional State requirements, and have a reasonable rent based on market standards. Members are expected to pay up to 30% of their income toward their rent while the balance is subsidized by the program. This subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the contracted AHP Housing Administrator on behalf of the member/household. AHP funding can also provide for housing related supports and payments such as deposits, move-in assistance, eviction prevention, and damages related to member occupancy. Funds for these purposes are limited based on budget availability. Behavioral Health Residential Facilities, Group Homes, or other licensed clinical residential settings are not eligible for AHP participation.
AHCCCS recognizes that supportive services are critical to housing stability. Therefore, AHCCCS and the AHP promote a Housing First model in accordance with best practices as defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). Supportive services for members in AHCCCS subsidized housing are funded by Medicaid and supplied by the managed care health plans’ provider network.
The State allocation for AHP is for approximately 2,700 members throughout Arizona. Arizona’s State Legislature allocates Non-Title XIX/XXI General Fund money to AHCCCS annually to provide permanent supportive housing. The most recent AHP utilization statistics can be found on the dashboard provided by the current Housing Administrator here.
AHCCCS has requested an amendment to the 1115 Research and Demonstration Waiver to seek waiver and expenditure authority to implement the AHCCCS Housing and Health Opportunities (H2O) demonstration. Learn more information on the proposal.
For more information on local housing resources please contact your local Regional Behavioral Health Authority.
- Regional Behavioral Health Authorities (RBHAs)
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Additional Housing and Homelessness Resources
AHCCCS has created a Constant Contact email notification list to communicate updates on updates related to AHCCCS’s Housing Programs. To subscribe, click on the sign up button below:
If you have general questions about AHCCCS’ housing programs please email us at Housing@azahcccs.gov.
Homelessness in the Phoenix Area
The Human Services Campus
- Help for Single Adults Experiencing Homelessness in Phoenix - Call (602) 229-5155
Homelessness in the Tucson/Pima County
The Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness
- Access Points/Assessments: www.tpch.net/coordinatedentry
- General Information and Resources: www.tpch.net/resources
Homelessness Assistance Outside Major Cities
The Arizona Department of Housing
Persons At Risk of Eviction
AZ Eviction Help
Arizona Housing Information
The Arizona Housing Coalition
Veteran and Military Resources
General Community Resources
If you are an AHCCCS member please contact your Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) health plan for help with housing questions.