Transitional Housing Program
The Transitional Housing Program provides a structured, drug-free environment to homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, HIV+ individuals. Participants in this program may remain in the program for up to 24 months. Some basic requirements for entry into the program are:
•Lab results showing HIV+ status
•TB Screen test less than 3 months old
•Income verification (if applicable)
•Homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless
For additional questions regarding this program, please contact Luis Rivera (LuisR@ShantiAZ.org) 602-279-0008 ext 105.
Funding for this program is provided in part by HOPWA and Valley of the Sun United Way.
Permanent Supportive Housing
The other type of housing option operated by Phoenix Shanti Group is Permanent Supportive Housing. This program is for homeless HIV+ individuals/families who are capable of living independently. The program provides individuals the opportunity for long term housing stability while utilizing community resources to work toward self sufficiency or home ownership.
Our permanent supportive housing program has a strong focus on HUD's "Housing First" approach to tenancy.
"Housing First" is a proven approach, applicable across all elements of systems for ending homelessness, in which people experiencing homelessness are connected to permanent housing swiftly and with few to no treatment preconditions, behavioral contingencies, or other barriers. It is based on overwhelming evidence that people experiencing homelessness can achieve stability in permanent housing if provided with the appropriate level of services. Study after study has shown that "Housing First" yields higher housing retention rates, drives significant reductions in the use of costly crisis services and institutions, and helps people achieve better health and social outcomes.
Some of these specific guidelines that we incorporate into our “Housing First” approach include, but are not limited to, the following:
o Access to programs is not contingent on sobriety, minimum income requirements, lack of a criminal record, completion of treatment, participation in services, or other unnecessary conditions.
o Programs or projects do everything possible not to reject an individual or family on the basis of poor credit or financial history, poor or lack of rental history, minor criminal convictions, or behaviors that are interpreted as indicating a lack of “housing readiness.”
o People with disabilities are offered clear opportunities to request reasonable accommodations within applications and screening processes and during tenancy, and building and apartment units include special physical features that accommodate disabilities.
o Programs or projects that cannot serve someone work through the coordinated entry process to ensure that those individuals or families have access to housing and services elsewhere.
o Housing and service goals and plans are highly tenant-driven.
o Supportive services emphasize engagement and problem-solving over therapeutic goals.
o Participation in services or compliance with service plans are not conditions of tenancy, but are reviewed with tenants and regularly offered as a resource to tenants.
o Tenants in supportive housing are given reasonable flexibility in paying their share of rent on time and offered special payment arrangements for rent arrears and/or assistance with financial management, including representative payee arrangements.
o Every effort is made to provide a tenant the opportunity to transfer from one housing situation, program, or project to another if a tenancy is in jeopardy. Whenever possible, eviction back into homelessness is avoided.
The Permanent Supportive Housing program supports a drug and alcohol free living environment.
For additional questions regarding this program, please contact James Claymon (JamesC@ShantiAZ.org) 602-279-0008 ext 107.
Funding for this program is provided in part by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.