In 1996, in response to a need for affordable housing for very low-income persons, CASS formed an affiliated nonprofit corporation named Arizona Housing, Inc. (AHI), a sister organization to CASS, which develops permanent housing for low-income working people. As its first project, AHI created permanent, affordable supportive housing for 60 single men and women ending their homelessness. This efficiency apartment complex, Steele Commons, is a model of permanent, supportive housing for single individuals and is the first of its kind in Maricopa County.
Horace Steele Commons located at 1735 Northwest Grand Avenue in Phoenix is the first permanent housing facility in the state of Arizona offering full time supportive services. This 60-unit single room occupancy (SRO) community serves homeless working individuals by providing housing, with on-site supportive services, to enable high-risk individuals to maintain their permanent housing. Some of these supportive services include case management, job referral, counseling, life skills training, community-building and social activities. The property is staffed 24 hours a day. Property amenities include laundry facilities, a community room, library, game room, a picnic area and storage lockers. The property is gated and boasts fully monitored access to the community. This community is income restricted through three different affordable programs including Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority Bond Program, City of Phoenix HOME Funds, and ValueOptions (formerly ComCare) Stargate Housing Program.