SITUATIONAL HOMELESSNESS: People who are experiencing homelessness, often for the first time, due to a life event such as a loss of a job, disaster, losing a family member who is the breadwinner and domestic violence.
CHRONICALLY HOMELESS: People who have experienced homelessness for at least a year, or repeatedly, while struggling with a disabling condition such as a serious mental illness, substance abuse disorder or physical disability.
RAPID REHOUSING: Rapid re-housing provides short-term rental assistance and services. The goals are to help people obtain housing quickly, increase self- sufficiency, and stay housed. It is offered without preconditions (such as employment, income, absence of criminal record, or sobriety) and the resources and services provided are typically tailored to the needs of the person.
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING: Transitional housing is temporary housing for certain segments of the homeless population, including working homeless people who are earning too little money to afford long-term housing. Transitional housing is set up to transition residents into permanent, affordable housing. It is not in an emergency homeless shelter, but usually a room or apartment in a residence with support services.
AT-RISK OF HOMELESSNESS: At risk of homelessness means: (1) An individual or family who: (i) Has an annual income below 30 percent of median family income for the area, as determined by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
HOMELESS PREVENTION: Refers to policies, practices, and interventions that reduce the likelihood that someone will experience homelessness. It also means providing those who have been homeless with the necessary resources and supports to stabilize their housing, enhance integration and social inclusion, and ultimately reduce the risk of the recurrence of homelessness.