Glossary

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180/2020
A collaboration with Santa Cruz County’s Homeless Persons Health Project, Encompass Community Services, Santa Cruz AIDS project, the behavioral health agency, and Front St. Inc. The goal of the 180/180 campaign was to house 180 of the most medically vulnerable, chronically homeless people in the county between late 2012 and July 2014 as well as turn their lives around 180 degrees.
Affordable Housing
Affordable housing is housing which is considered affordable to those with a median household income or income below a recognized housing affordability index.
All-in Plan
Also known as "All In- Toward A Home For Every County Resident," the All-In plan is the strategic plan to address homelessness adopted by the City and County of Santa Cruz, Capitola and Watsonville.
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Barrier to entry
In the homelessness context, barrier to entry means and obstacle to accessing a particular service. For example, shelters that do not allow pets can pose a barrier to entry to clients who own animals.
California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH)
The California Emergency Solutions and Housing Program provides funds for a variety of activities to assist persons experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Authorized by SB 850, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) administers the CESH Program with funding received from the Building Homes and Jobs Act Trust Fund (SB 2).
Chronic homelessness
Defined by HUD as an unaccompanied individual or head of a family household with a disabling condition who has either continuously experienced homelessness for a year or more, or has experienced at least four episodes of homelessness totaling 12 months, in the past three years.
Community Advisory Committee on Homelessness (CACH)
The CACH is an advisory body created by the Santa Cruz City Council to make policy recommendations on homelessness to the Council.
Continuum of Care (CoC) Program
The Continuum of Care Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
Coordinated Entry Assessment
Also known as coordinated assessment, coordinated entry is a “no wrong door” approach to addressing homelessness that synthesizes available housing and services so that so that homeless persons can be quickly matched with needed and available programs.
Day Services
Day services refer to non-sleeping services and may include showers, laundry, telephone and internet access, medical care, substance use and mental health services, legal services, employment assistance and training, rehousing services and more.
Disabling condition
Defined by HUD as a physical, mental, or emotional impairment, including an impairment caused by alcohol or drug abuse, PTSD, or brain injury that is expected to be long-term and impacts the individual’s ability to live independently; a developmental disability; or HIV/AIDS.
Diversion
Generally, diversion refers to the policy of diverting criminal defendants whose core issues are not criminological into alternative programs to treat root causes rather than sending them to jail.
Emergency Shelter
Safe, immediate alternative to the streets, either in a shelter facility or other location for a short-term, usually for 180 days or fewer.
Encampment
Refers to a place of temporary accommodations consisting of huts, tents or other nonstandard housing options, often occupied by multiple individuals.
HAP
Homeless Action Partnership
Homeless
Under the Category 1 definition of homelessness in the HEARTH Act, includes individuals and families living in a supervised publicly or privately-operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements, or with a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, including a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, airport, or camping ground.
Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP)
HEAP is a $500 million block grant program designed to provide direct assistance to cities and counties to address the homelessness crisis throughout California. HEAP funds provide services that immediately and directly assist individuals or families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness.
Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
HMIS is a local information technology system used to collect data on individual homeless persons or those at risk of homelessness, including any access to services or housing. See also coordinated entry.
Housing First
Housing First is an approach to addressing homelessness recognizing that housing is the first priority, providing a platform to better address other underlying issues such as employment, life skills, substance use treatment or medical issues.
Housing Exits
Moving individuals into housing.
HUD
Abbreviation for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Hygiene bay
A location allowing homeless persons to access showers and clean towels.
Lived Experience
People who are, or have, experienced homelessness.
Navigation Center
A physical location providing a safe environment allowing homeless persons to access services. May or may not provide shelter beds.
Permanent Supportive Housing
Low-barrier affordable housing with supportive services.
PIT (Point-in-Time) Count
PIT Counts are a measure of the number of homeless people on a specific day. It is considered a “snapshot” of the homeless population.
Rapid Rehousing
Programs designed to help individuals and families quickly return to permanent housing after experiencing homelessness.
Sheltered homeless individuals
Individuals who are living in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs.
Single Individual
An unaccompanied adult 18 and over in age.
Smart Path Coordinated Entry System
System to access homeless individuals and help allocate limited resources where they are needed most.
Substance Abuse Disorder
Drug addiction is a disease that affects a person's brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication. Substances such as alcohol, marijuana and nicotine also are considered drugs.
Transitional housing
Housing in which individuals and families experiencing homelessness receive supportive services that enable them to live more independently. Transitional housing can be provided in one structure or several structures at one site, or in multiple structures at scattered sites.
Transitional-age youth (TAY)
Young people between the ages of 18 and 25 years old who are not accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Unaccompanied children
Children under the age of 18 who are not accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Unsheltered homeless individuals
Individuals who are living on the streets, in abandoned buildings, storage structures, vehicles, encampments, or any other place not intended for human habitation.
Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP)
The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program is a new suite of programs designed to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness.
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