HOMELESS ASSISTANCE

The San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) is committed to reducing homelessness in San Antonio, through programs that provide affordable, quality housing for homeless individuals and families, while working with service providers on issues that affect their quality of life. Housing assistance combined with vital supportive services for individuals living with mental illness or other serious health problems significantly enhances housing stability, and numerous research studies have proven it is less costly than other forms of emergency and institutional care.

The Homeless Services Voucher (HSV) Program
The Homeless Services Voucher (HSV) program provides rental voucher assistance to homeless individuals, through a collaborative referral process. Haven for Hope refers applicants to the City of San Antonio. The City of San Antonio then screens the applicants to ensure they have met all criteria and then forwards the application packets to SAHA. Eligible applicants are placed on SAHA’s waiting list. Upon selection from the waiting list, based on HUD and SAHA guidelines, the applicant is notified by mail to schedule an eligibility appointment. A total of 400 vouchers have been allocated for the HSV program. Currently, 316 individuals are being assisted. Case Management and Supportive Services are provided by Haven for Hope. Individuals interested in the program should contact a Haven for Hope Intake Representative at 210-220-2100.

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program
The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program for homeless veterans combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at VA medical centers and community-based outreach clinics.  Homeless veterans are screened by the VA and then referred to SAHA. A total of 410 vouchers have been allocated for the program. Currently, 337 families are being assisted. Individuals interested in the program should contact Ramón Garcia with the local VA at 210-616-9915. 

The Set Aside Homeless Voucher (SHVP) Program
The Set Aside Homeless Voucher Program (SHVP) provides rental voucher assistance to homeless individuals through a collaborative referral process. The San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries (SAMM) and the Center for Health Care Services (CHCS) screen applicants to ensure they meet all eligibility criteria and then forward a referral packet to SAHA. A total of 200 vouchers have been allocated for the Set Aside Homeless Voucher Program (SHVP). Case Management and Supportive Services are provided by CHCS and SAMM. Individuals interested in the program can contact Cecil King and Allan Cross at the Center for Health Care Services, 210-220-2561, or Orlando Montoya at San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries (SAMM), 210-321-5695.

Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Program
The Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Program provides rental assistance and supportive services for homeless families and individuals with disabilities, primarily those with serious mental illnesses, chronic problems due to alcohol or drug dependencies, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or related diseases. A total of 101 vouchers have been allocated for this program. Currently, SAHA is assisting 83 individuals or families through this program. Case Management and Supportive Services provided by the Center for Health Care Services. Individuals interested in this program can contact Cecil King and Allan Cross at the Center for Health Care Services, 210-220-2561.

Mod-Rehab Single Room Occupancy (SRO)
The Mod-Rehab Single Room Occupancy Program (SRO) is similar to the Moderate Rehabilitation Program (MOD), whereby rent subsidy payments are provided to private property landlords. A total of 88 vouchers have been allocated for this program. Currently, 81 individuals are being assisted. The contract for this program is expiring on December 16, 2012. For more information, call 210-477-6205.