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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. Taos is one of three state regions chosen for the Linkages program in New Mexico.

Program Description

The Northern Regional Housing Authority (NRHA) will be the housing administrator and will have 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. Linkages covers rent, security deposits, utility deposits and pays for application fees and background checks. Supportive services include monthly unit inspections. Tenants are allow to stay in the program until they are self-sufficient and can pay their own rent.

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