LINKAGES
Permanent Supportive Housing Program

Program Background

The Behavioral Health Purchasing Collaborative’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program “Linkages” is a state funded initiative designed to provide permanent supportive housing rental subsidies and supportive services to homeless individuals with serious mental illnesses including Native Americans living off reservation. Southwest New Mexico is one of three state regions chosen for the Linkages program in Grant, Luna, and Hidalgo Counties.

Program Description

Western Regional Housing Authority (WRHA) will be the housing administrator and will have 13 housing subsidy vouchers funded through the Mortgage Finance Authority, for the region to be used on a first-come-first-serve basis by eligible individuals. A designated mental health provider determines an individual’s eligibility for the program based on the Linkages program criteria regarding: serious mental illness and housing need and appropriateness for the program. Supportive services are provided through the new Comprehensive Community Support Services (CCSS) program funded through Value Options to participants providing a range of services to help them obtain and remain in their independent housing.

Program Eligibility

1. Homeless or precariously housed; And
2. Diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder of sufficient duration to meet diagnostic criteria specified within DSM-IV; And
3. Extremely low-income

Contact Information

Western Regional Housing Authority
Sonia Flores, Deputy Director (575) 388-1974 Ext 16
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