The City of Chandler plan to end homelessness is rooted in a Housing First approach. Housing and supportive service resources are targeted towards housing to the maximum extent possible. One hundred percent of the City’s Tenant Based Rental Assistance dollars are designated for persons experiencing homelessness, and all public housing resources have a preference for persons experiencing chronic homelessness. The ultimate goal is to ensure homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurrent.
Rapid Rehousing and Permanent Housing
In 2013, the City began a Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program for single individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The program provides medium-term rental housing assistance for 20 households. The City partners with AZCEND to provide wrap-around supportive services while tenants are receiving a rental subsidy, as well as transitional support as they move on to permanent housing and their greatest level of independence. In administering the program, the City notes the importance of matching the clients with the appropriate level of supportive services for success.
The City supports a full-time Housing Stability Specialist position at AZCEND to support individuals and families experiencing homelessness in stabilizing and moving towards independence while in Rapid Rehousing provided by AZCEND, and Permanent Housing provided by the City through Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. The Housing Stability Specialist assists participants in achieving and maintaining independence through a variety of activities such as navigating landlord relationships, staying connected to medical and behavioral health care services, and managing household finances.
Public Housing/Housing Choice Voucher Chronic Homeless Preference
In 2017, the City instituted a preference for persons experiencing chronic homelessness for its’ 303 Public Housing units (200 multi-family units and 103 single-family scattered sites) and 486 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. The intent of the preference is to assist persons who are extremely vulnerable in accessing housing resources.