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Missions

Programs, usually with religious affiliations, that provide temporary shelter (generally in dormitory-style facilities with very little privacy) for homeless people in the community. Most missions have minimal support services and strictly enforced house rules including curfews, mandatory attendance at religious services, and required participation in daily housework or other assigned chores.

Transitional Housing/Shelter Residents

People who are currently residing in facilities that provide extended shelter and supportive services for homeless individuals and/or families with the goal of helping them live independently and transition into permanent housing. Included are people who have graduated from a domestic violence shelter and are currently living in affordable housing complexes on a temporary, transitional basis until they have the resources to return to eventual independent living.

Transitional Housing/Shelter

Programs that provide extended shelter and supportive services primarily for homeless individuals and/or families with the goal of helping them live independently and transition into permanent housing. Some programs require that the individual/family be transitioning from a short-term emergency shelter. The length of stay varies considerably by program. It is generally longer than two weeks but typically 60 days or more and, in many cases, up to two years or more. The supportive services may be provided directly by the organization managing the housing or may be coordinated by them and provided by other public or private agencies. Transitional housing/shelter is generally provided in apartment style facilities with a higher degree of privacy than short-term homeless shelters; may be provided at no cost to the resident; and may be configured for specialized groups within the homeless population such as people with substance abuse problems, homeless mentally ill, homeless domestic violence victims, veterans or homeless people with AIDS/HIV. Included are post-domestic violence shelter housing programs that make affordable rental housing (or other accommodations) available to women, generally those who are coming directly out of a domestic violence shelter or other crisis shelter, often in apartment complexes owned by the shelter; and programs that provide transitional housing and support services for other targeted groups such as military and veteran families and others who need a temporary supportive living environment to maintain stability and begin to thrive.

Post Pregnancy Shelter/Transitional Housing

Programs that provide a safe, secure living environment and supportive services (which may include educational opportunities, life skills training, financial planning, parenting education and counselling) for single mothers and their infants following birth. The objective of the program is to help residents become self-sufficient and move ahead with their lives by finishing school, acquiring job skills and learning to be good parents.

Foster Care/Temporary Shelter for Animals

Programs that arrange for the temporary placement in animal care facilities or private homes of homeless animals who are awaiting adoption or who are too wild and need gentling prior to being adopted; or for animals whose owners are in emergency situations which may include facing foreclosure, being homeless, being incarcerated, having an accident or a medical emergency, being in a domestic violence situation or having to leave home for a shelter.