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SAFETY NET ASSISTANCE OR SNA
The government program that provides temporary emergency assistance to single adults and young people living apart from any adult relative.

SECTION 8 HOUSING
A federally-funded program that provides vouchers directly to the landlord in order to help pay for housing for low-income New Yorkers.

SIJS OR SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE STATUS
A special federal immigration program available to young people in foster care who are not United States citizens. SIJS allows a young person in foster care to obtain a green card to remain in the United States legally even if his or her are not a citizen or a permanent legal resident. A lawyer must go to family court on behalf of a young person to obtain an order finding the young person eligible for SIJS status. SIJS may sometimes be available to young people who are living with a guardian or have been adopted.

SILP OR SUPERVISED INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM
A foster care placement available to young people over the age of 17 with a plan of APPLA or independent living. The young person living in a SILP will have his or her own apartment, usually with a roommate, and will receive supervision and services from his or her foster care agency. A SILP placement can last only 12 to 18 months.

SPECIAL ED OR SPECIAL EDUCATION
The programs run by the New York City Department of Education for students with learning or other disabilities..

SPR OR SERVICE PLAN REVIEW
A meeting held by a foster care agency, every six months, to identify and review the permanency plan for a young person in foster care, and to discuss available services. All young people in foster care, age 10 and above, should be invited to attend their SPR. Law guardians should also be informed of the SPR and invited to attend.

SSI OR SUPPLEMENTARY SECURITY INCOME
A cash grant for food, clothing, and housing that assists people with certain mental health diagnoses, and people with other disabilities.

SUPPORTIVE HOUSING
Housing provided by the government and private non-profit organizations for people with mental or physical disabilities, HIV/AIDS, and/or addiction problems. Supportive housing is linked to social and/or medical services that are often provided at the housing site.