FAMILY HOUSING DIRECTORY (E)
Emergency Shelter: Any facility with overnight sleeping accommodations, the primary purpose of
which is to provide temporary shelter. The length of stay can range from one night up to as much as
Transitional Housing: A type of housing for homeless families that allows them to stay for a longer
period of time. Transitional housing usually offers services designed to help clients live on their own
such as case management, life skills, mental health counseling, and childcare.
Voucher: A voucher generally refers to a Section 8 voucher provided by a local Housing Authority
to a low-income person but can also refer to an emergency voucher for short-term motel stay for a
Low-income/Affordable Apartments: Affordable housing is typically aimed at low and moderateincome
households that are burdened by the high housing costs. There is usually a long wait-list at
each apartment complex with low-income units, but it is recommended to sign up for the wait-list.