Mainstream Housing Opportunities
Persons with Disabilities program
What is the Mainstream Program?
The Mainstream Housing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Program (Mainstream Program) provides Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to eligible disabled families. Eligibility criteria for this program are detailed below.
Welcome to the open enrollment lottery and pre-application process.
This process will assist you in applying for a place on the waiting list for the Mainstream Program. You may apply at any time during the online application’s open enrollment period. Upon the closing of the enrollment period, HOM, Inc., will conduct a random lottery of all eligible applications and place 200 selected applicants on the Mainstream Program waiting list.
To successfully submit a pre-application in the lottery, you will need to provide the following information:
First and last names of all members of your household
Social security numbers of all members of your household
The total gross annual income of your household. This includes Supplemental Security Income (SSI), wages, Social Security, TANF, child support, and any other income received
A valid mailing address to which we can send correspondence
A valid e-mail address to which we can send correspondence
A valid phone number at which we can contact you
Please note the following Mainstream Program eligibility criteria and other instructions:
For purposes of eligibility for this program, the following definitions apply:
Disabled Family - Disabled family means a family whose head, spouse, or sole member is a person with disabilities. It may include two or more persons with disabilities living together, or one or more persons with disabilities living with one or more live-in aides.
Person with Disabilities - Means a person who:
Has a disability as defined in 42 U.S.C. 423;
Is determined, pursuant to HUD regulations, to have a physical, mental or emotional impairment that:
Is expected to be of long-continued and indefinite duration;
Substantially impedes his or her ability to live independently; and
Is of such a nature that the ability to live independently could be improved by more suitable housing conditions; or
Has a developmental disability as defined in 42 U.S.C. 6001.
Does not exclude persons who have the disease of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or any conditions arising from the etiologic agent for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome;
For purposes of qualifying for low income housing, does not include a person whose disability is based solely on any drug or alcohol dependence.
Income Eligibility – The family’s gross annual income must be at or below the very-low
income limits, as follows: (chart below is by family size)
Additional eligibility criteria require U.S. citizenship or legal immigrant status, documentation of Social Security cards for all household members, signing required consent forms and additional “suitability” criteria requiring a criminal background check for all adult household members.
Verification of families’ eligibility according to all eligibility criteria will not be performed at the time of the lottery. The lottery will serve as the method for placing applicants’ pre-applications on the waiting list. A final eligibility determination will be made at the time that families approach the top of the waiting list, which may be 6 to 12 months from the date of the lottery.
Provide accurate information. Submission of false information or misrepresentation will result in disqualification from the lottery and may result in loss of eligibility to participate in the Mainstream Program.
Only one application per household. Submission of multiple applications will result in disqualification from the lottery.
Upon submission of your pre-application, you will receive an e-mail confirmation that your information was received.
Reasonable Accommodation Options
Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to complete this process may contact the HOM, Inc. office for a Request for Reasonable Accommodation form. HOM, Inc. utilizes the services of Arizona Relay Services for telecommunications for the deaf via a Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD). The TDD telephone number is 1-877-367-8939.