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Activities or programs designed to prevent the incidence of homelessness. These include but are not limited to: 1) short-term subsidies to defray rent and utility arrearages for families that have received eviction or termination notices; 2) security deposits or first month's rent to permit a homeless family to move into its own apartment; 3) mediation programs for landlord-tenant disputes; 4) legal services programs that represent indigent tenants in eviction proceedings; 5) payments to prevent foreclosure on a home; and 6) other innovative programs and activities designed to prevent the incidence of homelessness.<\/p>", "inDefinedTermSet": "https://affordablehousingonline.com/glossary" },

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An extensive list of coronavirus resources for low-income households can be found here.

Homeless Prevention

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Activities or programs designed to prevent the incidence of homelessness. These include but are not limited to: 1) short-term subsidies to defray rent and utility arrearages for families that have received eviction or termination notices; 2) security deposits or first month's rent to permit a homeless family to move into its own apartment; 3) mediation programs for landlord-tenant disputes; 4) legal services programs that represent indigent tenants in eviction proceedings; 5) payments to prevent foreclosure on a home; and 6) other innovative programs and activities designed to prevent the incidence of homelessness.