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EAU OR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE UNIT
The term that is still sometimes used to refer to the NYC Department of Homeless Services office that provides emergency shelter and other services for homeless families and individuals. Drop-in centers have replaced the EAU and are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week in each borough to provide emergency shelter and services. Drop-in centers can be located by calling 311.

EMANCIPATION
The process by which a young person can receive public assistance as an independent adult before reaching the age of 18.

ETV OR EDUCATIONAL TRAINING VOUCHER
The federal funds available for former or current foster care youth to attend college or vocational programs. A young person must apply for ETV funds before his or her 21st birthday and can receive up to $5,000 a year for four years. ETV funds can be used for tuition, books, or for certain living expenses.

18-B ATTORNEY
An attorney who may be assigned as the lawyer for a child, or as the lawyer for an adult who cannot afford to pay for a lawyer.