We are thrilled to announce that we’ve updated our taxonomy to better reflect the needs of our members. Many, many thanks to our numerous partners and collaborators who provided their thoughtful feedback, especially Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Northeast Valley Health Corporation, The Primary School, Asylum Connect and our own Resource Management team! And of course a huge “Thank you!” to our members – these updates were largely determined by analyzing how and what you search on One Degree. Thank you for informing our work so we can improve One Degree for you.

Immediately below is a summary of the updates to our Tags (categories of services and programs) and Properties (filters and qualities of services and programs). Following that you’ll find detailed information about all of the updates.

Summary of Tags Updates:

  • Added a new Category in the Urgent area called Text lines
  • Added a new tag “Medical emergency” in the Emergency Services
  • Expanded our “Parenting” tag to be two separate, more specific tags
  • Added a new tag “Car” for low-cost and free cars
  • Added a new Category in the Health area called Transgender health, for medical care specific to individuals who identify as transgender, gender nonconforming and/or nonbinary
  • Expanded our “Translation & interpretation” tag to be two separate, more specific tags
  • Added 2 new tags to the Pregnancy category under the Health area
  • Expanded our “Alcohol” tag to three separate, more specific tags
  • Added a new tag to the Addiction category under the Health area for those who are addicting to smoking tobacco
  • Updated some of our Affordable housing and Temporary housing tags under the Housing area to be more streamlined and helpful
  • Updated some of our Homeless Support tags under the Housing area to be more streamlined and helpful
  • Updated and added Education related tags
  • Added new Immigration Law tags under the Legal area to be more specific to certain immigration needs

 

Summary of Properties Updates:

  • Added new properties regarding accessibility for individuals with a physical disability
  • Added new Community group properties related to immigration status
  • Added new Eligibility requirement properties related to Immigration status. These properties identify if it’s required to have a certain immigration status to receive a service, whereas the immigration status in Community groups identify that the resource serves a specific immigration status community (but could also serve other community groups).
  • Added new Age related properties and added age ranges for clarity
  • Added new “Transgender/GNC/Nonbinary” property to filter resources for individuals who are transgender, gender nonconforming and/or nonbinary
  • Added new “Experiencing homelessness” Community group. We currently have an “Experiencing homelessness” Eligibility requirement property.
  • Added new Cost properties
  • Added new Language properties

 

Details of Tag Updates:

  • Added a new category Urgent Text lines to differentiate SMS-based support from phone support
    • Crisis text lines: Text message service for individuals experiencing a crisis
    • Suicide text lines: Text message service for individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts
    • Domestic violence text lines: Text message service for individuals experiencing domestic violence
  • Added a new tag in the Emergency Services category to differentiate from our existing “Mental health emergency” tag
    • Medical emergency: Services for medical emergencies such as ERs, emergency homeless services
  • Expanded our “Parenting” tag to be two separate, more specific tags
    • Parent & caregiver support: Support for parents e.g. support phone lines, drop-in centers
    • Parenting Classes: Workshops and classes that teach and enhance parenting skills
  • Added a new tag “Car” for low-cost and free cars
  • Added a new category Transgender health, for medical care specific to individuals who identify as transgender, gender nonconforming and/or nonbinary
    • Hormone therapy: Hormone treatment for individuals who are transgender and/or nonbinary such as testosterone or estrogen – also called hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
    • Gender affirming surgery: Surgery for individuals who are transgender and/or nonbinary that affirm their gender such as top or bottom surgery
    • Gender affirming items: Clothing and supplies that affirm an individual’s gender identity (e.g. chest binders, gender neutral clothing)
  • Expanded our “Translation & interpretation” tag to be two separate, more specific tags
    • Translation/interpretation for healthcare: Translation and interpretation services specific to healthcare settings
    • Translation/interpretation for legal services: Translation and interpretation services specific to court and legal settings
  • Added new tags for individuals who are pregnant or thinking about pregnancy
    • Family planning: Services that help individuals determine the number and spacing of their children and understand options, including contraception
    • Doulas & midwives: Low-cost and free doula and midwifery services
  • Expanded our “Alcohol” tag to three separate, more specific tags
    • Alcohol treatment: Services to help individuals to stop drinking (mostly non-residential)
    • Alcoholics Anonymous: Support groups for individuals who struggle with alcohol use
    • Al-Anon & family support: Support groups for loved ones of individuals who struggle with alcohol use
  • Added a new tag to support those who are addicting to smoking tobacco
    • Smoking: Services to help an individual stop smoking
  • Updated some of our Affordable housing and Temporary housing tags to be more streamlined and helpful
    • Added “Moving assistance” tag: Low-cost or free assistance for moving to new housing or funding to pay a moving company
    • UpdatedTemporary shelters” tag toShort-term shelters” because it is a more commonly known term for shelters that allow residency for a couple of weeks to 90 days
    • Removed “Public housing” tag and replaced relevant opportunities with “Housing search” tag. This change makes it easier to find housing because almost all “Public housing” opportunities are relevant to “Housing Search”.
    • Removed “Housing voucher” tag and replaced relevant opportunities with the “Section 8” tag. This change makes it easier to find housing vouchers because almost all “Housing voucher” opportunities are “Section 8” vouchers.
    • Removed “Payment assistance” tag from Homeowner Resources category because it was not being used or was commonly misused
  • Updated some of our Homeless Support tags to be more streamlines and helpful
    • Updated “Homeless center” tag to “Drop-in centers” to more clearly communicate that these are day centers providing services and supplies for individuals who are experiencing homelessness
    • Added “Mail” tag for services providing a mailing address and a place to receive mail for individuals who don’t have an address to receive mail.
    • Removed “homeless support services” tag because it was not very specific, and all resources with this tag could fit into other, more specific Homeless Support tags.
  • Updated and added Education related tags
    • AddedHomeschooling” tag for financial and support services for families that homeschool their children
    • Updated “Art” tag to “Art & performance art” to include performance art classes and activities
  • Added new Immigration Law tags to be more specific to certain immigration needs
    • Detention: Legal services for those who are held in an immigration detention center for entering the United States without documentation
    • DACA application/renewal: Assistance for individuals applying for or renewing their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status
    • Asylum application: Assistance for those applying for political asylum in the United States

 

 

 

 

Details of Property Updates:

  • Added new properties regarding accessibility for individuals with a physical disability
    • ADA Accessible: The location of this service/program is ADA accessible
    • Accessibility Notes: Description of how a location is accessed by people with disabilities
  • Added new community group properties related to immigration status
    • DACA recipient or seeker: Person seeking or who currently has Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status
    • Detained immigrant: Individual who is being held in an immigration detention center for entering the United States without documentation
    • Undocumented immigrant: Individuals living in the United States without a legal immigration status
  • Added new Eligibility Requirements properties related to Immigration Status. These properties identify if it’s required to have the one of the immigration statuses below to receive services, whereas the immigration status “Community groups” (above) identify that the resource serves that specific immigration status community, but could serve other Community groups, as well. 
    • Asylee: Required to be a person who has been granted political asylum to receive services
    • DACA recipient: Required to have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status to receive services
    • Detained immigrant: Required to be held in an immigration detention center to receive services
    • Undocumented immigrant: Required to be an individual living in the United States without a legal immigration status to receive services
  • Added new age properties with age ranges for clarity
    • Infants & toddlers (0-4 years old)
    • Adults (18 years or older)
    • Teens (12-18 years old)
  • Added new “Transgender/GNC/Nonbinary” property for individuals who identify as transgender, gender nonconforming and/or nonbinary
  • Added new “Experiencing homelessness” Community group
    • Previously we only had a “homeless” property related to Eligibility Requirements. The Eligibility Requirement property has also been updated to read “Experiencing homelessness” to use person-first language
  • Added new Cost properties
    • Accepts Medicaid/Medi-Cal to subsidize or cover payment
    • Sliding scale: Resources that have fees at a sliding scale based on income
    • Suggested donation/NOTAFLOF: Resources that ask for a donation and/or have a “No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds” policy
  • Added new Language properties
    • All languages available by interpreter: Can provide services in all languages using in-person or phone interpreter
    • Romanian
    • Kiswahili
    • Somali
    • Albanian
    • Bulgarian
    • Chin
    • Creole
    • Dinka
    • Gujarati
    • Hebrew
    • Hungarian
    • Hunan
    • Katchi
    • Kirundi
    • Kurdish
    • Kurmanji
    • Lingala
    • Marathi
    • Polish
    • Quechua
    • Sinhala
    • Tamil
    • Turkish
    • Twi
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