Mainstream Voucher Program

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A hand is extended holding keys with a wooden key chain in the shape of a small home. Photo credit: The Arc of California

There are many reasons why people with disabilities are more likely to experience homelessness. Photo credit: The Arc of California









Homelessness can affect anyone at anytime, but for people with disabilities, the likelihood of becoming homeless is much more prevalent.  For starters, federal policies that regulate Supplemental Security Income (SSI) have strict limits on the resources that one can have to receive SSI.  Unfortunately, that means that a sudden crisis or accident can very easily propel somebody with disabilities into homelessness because their assets are limited to begin with.

Mainstream Voucher Program

This is where the Mainstream Voucher program comes in, to help provide financial assistance for housing for non-elderly people with disabilities.  Currently, Housing and Urban Development are reviewing applications received prior to September 5th 2019 and those who will be awarded a voucher can expect a notice from HUD this month.  They are also accepting new applications.  To see how much funding each state was awarded click here.

How do you apply?

Applicants are encouraged to establish partnerships with multiple health and human service agencies or organizations with a demonstrated capacity to coordinate voluntary services and supports to enable individuals to live independently in the community. Applications are currently being accepted and advocates will be able to assist in providing documentation that the voucher for housing is necessary.  To make an appointment with an advocate or for more information about Mainstream Vouchers please call Freedom Resource Center at 1-800-450-0459.


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