Housing is the foundation for the creation of Native American Connections and for supporting individuals in alcohol and drug recovery, family stabilization, and community wellness. NAC has developed, owns and manages 500 units of income based and affordable housing. Our housing program is open to individuals and families of all ethnicities with specialized communities for families, seniors, individuals with disabilities, chronically homeless men and women, and homeless youth.
We purposefully develop and operate our housing program with the following principals:
- Build a sense of community among housing residents
- Empower residents to become active participants in their communities
- Locate properties in safe, central locations, near transportation and other amenities
- Offer on-site services to increase stability and to improve health & wellness
- Integrate housing with access to behavioral health services
Our housing communities offer income based and market rate rentals along with on-site supportive programs and community activities that help residents improve their ability to lead healthy lifestyles and make good choices while increasing financial stability and self-sufficiency.
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)
Our homeless housing communities meet the needs of very low income and chronically homeless individuals who are in need of additional supports in order to maintain housing stability. Project Based Section 8 and HUD VASH vouchers are available.
Transitional Housing for Youth
Saguaro Ki increases independence and personal responsibility among homeless youth 18-24 years of age by wrapping services like GED/college readiness, employment and life skills courses, financial literacy, and wellness resources around youth. To encourage financial responsibility, youth pay 30% of their income towards rent.
Transitional Housing for Adult Women in Recovery
Our transitional living program provides women who have completed residential substance abuse treatment with the additional time and support needed to make a successful transition to permanent housing. Residents also participate in NAC’s outpatient program and receive progressive step-down support.
At each of our housing communities, NAC offers on-site programs and activities that help residents improve health & wellness; increase financial literacy; and encourage family strengthening. Co-ordinated by our Resident Services Team, classes and activities are offered throughout the year and are tailored to meet the interests of each unique community. Activities include cooking demonstrations, financial management, job and career development, AA support groups, family communication strategies, and afterschool and summer programs for kids. The Resident Services Team also assists with the Resident Empowerment Program which offers residents the opportunity to become involved in building a safe, supportive environment at each housing community.
NAC’s ability to provide supportive services is enhanced by partnerships with agencies that bring their expertise to assist residents. Our partners include Phoenix Indian Center, St. Joseph the Worker, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, St. Mary’s Food Bank and Kid’s Café, Gabriel’s Angels and Southwest Human Development.
NAC’s Property Management Team oversees the management and operations of all housing communities. Employees are committed to the highest customer service and qualified in all aspects of property management. Property managers at each location are trained to not only respond to tenant property issues but to also provide case management as needed and to support residents in their efforts to maintain their housing.
No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, familial status, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under Native American Connections housing programs.