Mercy Maricopa and Tempe working to house individuals with serious mental illness

Mercy Maricopa’s Housing Department is delighted about its partnership with the City of Tempe that’s expanding the Bridge to Permanency Housing Program. Together, we’re working to house the most vulnerable residents.

Eligible members are adults designated as seriously mentally ill (SMI) who are enrolled with Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care. Criteria for this program includes: 

  1. Members must be homeless.
  • This includes individuals or families who don't have a fixed, sustainable or appropriate nighttime residence, meaning:
    • The primary nighttime residence is a public or private place not meant for human habitation
    • The individual/family is living in a shelter designated to provide temporary living (including homeless shelters, transitional housing, hotels paid for by a charitable organization or government program)
    • The individual is being discharged from an institution, such as a residential treatment or similar facility, a behavioral health inpatient stay, physical health hospitalization, and they were admitted as homeless


  1. Members must have a score of 8 or higher on their Vulnerability Index - Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT) evaluation.

Members applying for Bridge to Permanency housing with the City of Tempe must be eligible for Section 8 and have a preference to live in the City of Tempe.

Clinical teams will assist the member to complete the Bridge to Permanency housing application and VI-SPDAT and submit to  The applications can be found on the For Providers Forms Library at  If a member is on an existing housing waitlist, an updated application will need to be submitted.  Members can be on only one waitlist with the housing department.

If you have any questions, you can contact Jennifer Page at