Specialty Programs

This section will provide you with a general overview of the specialty programs the division currently funds, monitors and administers.

Shelter Plus Care (SPC)

Rental assistance for permanent housing and supportive services is provided through a sub-contract with non-profit agencies. Shelter Plus Care programs serve homeless persons and families with disabilities such as the seriously mentally ill, those with chronic addictions to alcohol and/or drugs, persons that have AIDS or AIDS related diseases.

Supportive Housing Program (SHP)

  • Pathways - Permanent housing provided through sponsor agencies for low-income homeless individuals and families with disabilities. Target populations served under the grant are identified as homeless and chronically homeless persons and families with disabilities such as the seriously mentally ill, those with chronic addictions to alcohol and/or drugs and persons that have AIDS or AIDS related diseases. Although the grant does not include funding for supportive services, the sponsor agencies provide wrap-around supportive services such as intensive case management, development of an Individual Service Plan, psychiatric appointments as needed, assistance with acquiring mainstream services such as food stamps, SSI, or substance abuse treatment.
  • Positive Housing Opportunities Program (PHOP) - Under a cooperative agreement with Southern Arizona Aids Foundation (SAAF), Section 8 "look-alike" assistance is provided to persons and families who qualify under PHOP guidelines.

HOPWA-Rent Subsidy Program

This program is administered under a cooperative agreement with Pima County and Southern Arizona Aids Foundation (SAAF). This Section 8 "look-a-like" designed program provides assistance to persons and families who qualify under the Housing Opportunities for People with Aids (HOPWA) guidelines.

Moderate Rehabilitation Program

Project-based Housing Assistance is provided to very low-income, individuals or families in privately owned rehabilitated properties. Clients are not able to take the assistance with them if they decide to move; however if vacancies exist within the program, clients may relocate.

Moderate Rehabilitation Program – Single room Occupancy (SRO)

Project-based assistance provided to low and very low income individuals who are homeless. Eligible clients are provided a safe, decent and sanitary housing that is privately owned. Assistance is not portable, however if vacancies exist within the program, clients may relocate.

Mainstream Program for Persons with Disabilities

Through partnerships with various community organizations, clients with various disabilities are afforded support services as well as affordable and accessible housing in the open market. Costs associated with accessibility/modifications may be provided through agencies or through Direct Center For Independence, Inc. (520) 624-6452.

For additional information related to these programs, please contact our main number (520) 791-4739.