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  A 1931(b): a new Medi-Cal category that combines AFDC and CalWORKs eligiblity criteria
    Absentee: not living in the home         

Acupuncture: type of medical treatment involving nerve points in the body

Adolescent: youth

Adolescent Services: program that focuses on helping current and former foster children grow to become independent adults through classes, workshops, job training, skills development, and counseling.

Adopt: a legal relationship between a child and a parent not related by birth

Adoption Assistance Program: program that provides financial assistance and medical insurance for special needs children who are adopted

Advocacy: encouragement or support

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Aliens: foreign-born citizen

AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children): AFDC was the welfare entitlement program in effect prior to 1996 Welfare Reform. CalWORKs is the new California welfare program for families with minors at home.

Amortization: paying back

AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug) Services: program that provides Crisis and Information Hotlines, Referrals to Substance Abuse Treatment Services, and Prevention/Early Intervention Services.

Assessment: evaluation

attaining: obtain

  B Battered: abused

Bidding: requesting

Blight: A deteriorated condition.

  C CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibilities to Kids): California's welfare-to-work program established by the State Welfare to Work Act of 1997. The program, which replaced AFDC, makes welfare a temporary source of assistance by putting a five-year life-time limit on receipt of benefits and mandating work requirements

Capable: those who are able

CAPI (Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants): CAPI provides assistance in the form of monthly cash payments for eligible legal non-citizens who need financial help

(CDBG) Community Development Block Grant Program: federal housing project funds designed to benefit low and very low-income families

Center on Homelessness: HSA program that coordinates homeless services administered by the county government and facilitates the delivery of homeless services by non-governmental agencies within the county

Cessation: quitting

child abuse: the non-accidental act of causing injuries to a child either by the parent or guardian, or allowed by the parent or guardian.

Clinics: health center

Coalition: partnership or alliance

Cognitive: involving mental development

Collaboration: partnership

Compliant: in agree with or meet

Component: a part of

Concurrent Planning: fostering with the possibility of adopting the a child

Confidential: secret

conflict resolution: to help fix a problem

Conjunction: union or combination

Continuum: range

  D decisive: important

Deferred: delayed

Demolition: The tearing-down or destruction of a building

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Discrimination: prejudice

Diversion Services: an alternative to the CalWORKs program where eligible participants choose to get one cash payment or non-cash services instead of participating in CalWORKs

Double Unit Occupancy Loan Program: loan program that provides for the addition of a studio or 1-bedroom rental unit to an existing residence

  E Eligible: qualified to participate or be chosen

Eligibility: qualified to participate or be chosen

Emancipated: recognized by the court to be an adult

Emergency Services: program that provides immediate assistance—in the form of crisis and information hotlines, assistance from community service agencies, and legal contacts—for those who are in need

Enrichment: improvement

Entity/Entities: something that has separate and distinct existence

Entitlement: amount

Escrow: type of financial savings account

Ethnic: cultural

Exceed: to go beyond a set limit

Exemptions: exception

exploitation: mistreatment

  F Facilities: area and equipment

Facilities: location for treatment or services

family reunification: services and activities designed to provide time-limited out of home placement when the child cannot safely remain at home. Services are provided to resolve the problems that brought the family to the attention of the Agency in the first place and to reunite the family.

Family Self-Sufficiency Homebuyers Club: collaboration between the Housing Authority and HCD to help interested FSS participants understand the homebuying process and work toward qualifying to be a homebuyer

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program: program designed for Section 8 participants; provides housing assistance using public and private resources that will help families achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency

FPL (Federal Poverty Level): a poverty standard set at a federal level

Finger and photo imaged: device where your fingerprint and photo is filed and placed in a database system

foster: temporary and/or permanent homes for children who have been removed from their families due to child abuse or neglect

foster care: licensed family homes providing time limited care for children who have been removed from their families due to child abuse or neglect.

Foster Care/Adoption program: program that finds temporary and/or permanent homes and offeres supportive services for children who have been removed from their families due to child abuse or neglect

foster children: children who have been removed from their families due to child abuse or neglect

FLP (Family Loan Program): provides small loans to people who may be unable to get a loan from traditional lenders (such as a bank or credit card) due to credit problems or other reasons

FRC (Family Resource Center): a collaborative effort of the Human Services Agency, school districts, local government, and community-based organizations to provide prevention and early intervention services at school sites through increased parent involvement in their children’s education, with the hope of improving the health, safety, and academic, social, and emotional success of children from pre-Kindergarten to third grade

  G GA (General Assistance): Human Services Agency Program that provides short-term financial assistance and social services for eligible adults without children that will help an individual to either find employment or obtain support from another source

gross and net limits: this means that you cannot earn more than the amounts listed

  H HCDH (Housing Community Development & Homelessness): responsible for a variety of loan programs available to low and very low-income homeowners and investor-owners who rent to low and very low-income families

Healthy Families: California's non-Medi-Cal health care program for children with monthly family income too high to qualify for Medi-Cal without a share of cost, up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level

Home Ownership Programs: programs designed to assist eligible first-time homebuyers of San Mateo County

Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM)

Housing Choice Voucher Program: a merger of the former Section 8 Certificate and Voucher programs, where families pay a subsidized rent based on total family income

Housing Rehabilitation Loan Programs: a variety of loans under HCDH that are available to low and very low-income homeowners and investor-owners who rent to low and very low-income families

(HUD) Department of Housing and Urban Development

  I Immerse: involve

Inadequate: not enough

Incapacitated: to make legally incapable or ineligible

Indigent: a low level of poverty

Inpatient: a hospital patient who receives lodging and food as well as treatment

INS: Immigration and Naturalization Services

Integrate: combine

interim: short-term

Investigates: looks into

Itemized: listed


Juvenile Court: concerned with the welfare of the child and the ability of the child's family to care safely for the child at home. Court proceedings are confidential and are not open to the public.

  K Kinship: relative to a child, such as a grandparent, aunt, or uncle


  L Limited Emergency Rehabilitation Loan Program: loan program that addresses potential health and safety hazards or exposure to weather elements

low-income limit: income cannot be above a set amount

Liquid resources: resources that are capable of ready conversion into cash

  M mandated: required

mandated reporter: a person identified in the law who is required to report known or suspected child abuse that they learn about while acting in a professional capacity or within the scope of his/her employment. Such persons include doctors, nurses, dentists, paramedics, teachers, teacher aides, counselors, commercial film processors, firefighters, childcare custodians, and others.

Medi-Cal: California's Medicare program that provides health care coverage for low-income families and elderly or disabled individuals who do not have health insurance

Medi-Cal 1931(b): A new Medi-Cal category that combines AFDC and CalWORKs eligibility criteria

Medicaid: a program of medical aid designed for those unable to afford regular medical service and financed by the state and federal governments

Medically Indigent (MI): someone who needs medical attention and is at a certain low level of poverty

Medically Needy (MN): someone who needs medical attention, but their income is too high to qualify for cash aid

Monitoring: supervising

Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC): federal tax credit certificate issued to eligible first-time homebuyers for the purpose of obtaining a dollar-for-dollar reduction (tax credit) of federal income tax owed

Moving to Work program: provides time-limited rental assistance to households that are not currently able to participate in the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo’s (HACSM) housing programs due to the program’s capacity

  N neglect: negligent failure of a person having the care or custody of a child to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care, supervision; failure of person having care or custody to protect the child from severe malnutrition or non-organic failure to thrive where no physical injury has occurred; or person having care or custody willfully causes or permits the person or health of a child to become endangered

negotiable securities: an evidence of debt or of ownership (as a stock certificate or bond)

negotiated: settled

  O Orientation: information session

Outpatient: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or similar facility for diagnosis or treatment

Oversight: regulatory supervision

  P Partnership: joining together

Pharmaceuticals: a medicinal drug (prescribed by a doctor)

portability process: a feature of the Section 8 program which allows you to move out of San Mateo County under certain conditions

potential: possibility

premise: basis; principle

Prenatal: before birth

Principal: main

Prior: before

Proficient: capable or skillful

profile: personality type

protective custody: the emergency removal of a child from his/her home when the child would be in danger if allowed to remain with the parent or guardian.

Provision: condition

Public and Locally Owned Housing: rental units owned and/or managed by the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM); eligible families who live in these units pay rent that is 30% of total family income

  R Recapture: recall

Recipient: one who receives

Referral: recommendation

referrals: notice of

Refugees: a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution

Rehabilitation: to restore or bring to a condition of health or useful and constructive activity

Rehabilitation (of the home): steps made to improve home

Reimburse: to pay back to someone

removed: taken away

Rental Rehabilitation Loan Program: loan program designed to benefit low and very low-income families who reside in investor-owned properties consisting of four or more units

rental unit: an apartment or house with monthly rent

Request for Proposal (RFP)

residential stability: a stable living environment

Retention: continuing or keeping

Retroactive: back payments from time of application

  S Section 8: authorized by Congress in 1974 and offered a new way of providing subsidized housing to low-income households; funded and regulated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered locally by the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM)

Self-sufficiency: able to support oneself

Single Family Rehabilitation Loan Program: loan program that provides for full typical housing rehabilitation assistance that addresses all health and safety hazards

social worker: A social worker is a highly trained professional with a minimum of 30 semester units of social welfare and / or appropriate behavioral science courses or a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW). He/she has many years of case management experience and has knowledge and skills in: human development and behavior family; social work methods and procedures; techniques and principles of interviewing, assessments and counseling; problem solving methodology; social and community resources and ability to identify, develop and utilize these resources; analyzing problems and needs of families; and developing constructive solutions.

Subsidized: helped financially

Subsidies: cash assistance

Subsidy: financial help

SUCCESS (Shared Undertaking to Change the Community to Enable Self-Sufficiency): San Mateo County’s version of the state’s CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) welfare reform program

Supplemental Security Income (SSI): Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). SSI is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and to provide cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

Survey: investigate

SSI/SSP: Supplemental Security Income/State Supplement Payment

Stabilize: create harmony or balance

START First-Time Homebuyer Program: a Second Mortgage Loan Program designed to assist eligible first-time homebuyers to purchase a home in San Mateo County

Statutory: legal; legislative

  T TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families): Federal welfare program that replaced AFDC which provides cash aid and job search assistance to low-income families.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): federal welfare program that replaced AFDC, which provides cash aid and job search assistance to poor families. CalWORKs is the name of California’s TANF program

TPP (Tobacco Prevention Program): program which sconducts community-based tobacco education programs and services for San Mateo County

  U Unit: i.e. apartment or rented house
  V Verified: to establish the truth, accuracy, or reality of

verify: prove

Vocational: relating to employment and/or career

VRS (Vocational Rehabilitation Services): partners with governmental and community-based agencies to help San Mateo County residents with employment barriers and disabilities attain their maximum vocational potential through counseling, case management, assessment, and vocational training

  W W4: a type of tax form
  Y yield: bring about

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