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  • c

  • Chronically Homeless
    A ‘‘chronically homeless’’ individual is defined to mean a homeless individual with a disability who lives either in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter, or in an institutional care facility if the individual has been living in the facility for(...)
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  • Emergency shelter
    Emergency shelters offer overnight stays for individuals seeking shelter and assistance. While Sacramento County provides the funding for most family shelter programs within the community, other programs for individuals are also offered by agencies such as the Salvation Army. Shelters are(...)
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  • HEARTH
    Abbreviation for the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act. Enacted by congress and signed by President Obama in 2009. The act amends and reauthorizes the McKinney-Bento Homeless Assistance Act.
  • Homeless
    An individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, meaning: (i) An individual or family 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(...)
  • Homeless Management Information System
    The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a local information technology system that is used by homeless service providers to collect confidential client-level data including demographics, history of homelessness and services accessed, and service need.
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  • Point-in-Time Count
    The Point-in-Time Count is a biennial census of people who are experiencing homelessness, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, on a single night in January. The count includes people who are in emergency shelters and those who are unsheltered. The unsheltered(...)
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  • Rapid Re-housing
    This intervention is newer to the Sacramento CoC. Intended to assist individuals and families who need fewer supportive services and rental support, rapid re-housing often takes the form of short-term rental assistance and services such as employment and training programs to ensure that(...)
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  • Transitional Housing
    Transitional housing is longer-term, but not permanent, housing available to individuals and families. However, federal regulations are gradually steering communities away from providing transitional housing except for specific populations, such as transition age youth and those escaping a(...)
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