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Definitions & Key Terms

Youth Action Board (YAB) - The YAB is composed of youth and young adults aged 24 and younger who are currently or formerly experiencing homelessness.  They are integral to development and implementation of programming serving youth and young adults.

Homeless - Category 1 - Literally Homeless - Youth who are in shelter, transitional housing, hotels or motels paid for by the government or charitable organizations (sheltered); are sleeping on the streets, in parks, or other places not meant for human habitation (unsheltered); OR exiting an institution where they have stayed for 90 days or less and resided in a sheltered or unsheltered situation before entering the institution. Department of Housing and Urban Development


Homeless - Category 2 - Imminently at Risk of Homelessness - Youth who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence, provided that:

  • Residence will be lost within 14 days of the date of application for homeless assistance

  • No subsequent residence has been identified; and

  • The youth lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing

Department of Housing and Urban Development


Homeless - Category 4 - Fleeing or Attempting to Flee Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Stalking or Human Trafficking - Youth who are fleeing or attempting to flee their housing or place they are staying because of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking. Additionally, the youth must have no safe, alternative housing, resource or support networks to maintain or obtain permanent housing. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Coordinated Entry (CE)

A process developed to ensure that all people experiencing a housing crisis have fair and equal access to housing services and assistance. Through Coordinated Entry, households in need of assistance are quickly identified, assessed for, referred and connected to housing and assistance based on their strengths and needs. Dane County Homeless Services Consortium


A strategy that prevents homelessness for people seeking shelter by helping them identify immediate alternate housing arrangements and, if necessary, connecting them with services and financial assistance to help them return to permanent housing. National Alliance to End Homelessness

Housing First

A model of assistance that prioritizes rapid placement and stabilization in permanent housing that does not have service participation requirements or preconditions (such as sobriety or a minimum income threshold).  FY19-FY20 YHDP NOFO

Joint Transitional Housing and Permanent Housing - Rapid Rehousing Component Project
(Joint TH-RRH)

The Joint TH and RRH component project combines two existing program components - transitional housing and rapid rehousing- in a single project. Agencies must be able to provide both components to all program participants. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Positive Youth Development (PYD)

Defined by the Federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs as an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes and enhances youths’ strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths. PYD programs are generally focused on the following six youth outcomes: Confidence; Character; Connection; Competence; Caring; and Contribution.  FY19-FY20 YHDP NOFO Appendix A For additional information, see the page entitled “Positive Youth Development: at

Trauma Informed Care (TIC)

An approach that recognizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery, recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff and others involved with the system, responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures and practices and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization. TIC models generally focus on the following: Safety; Trustworthiness and Transparency; Peer Support; Collaboration and Mutuality; Empowerment; Voice and Choice; and Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues. FY19-FY20 YHDP NOFO

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