Addiction – A strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble); An unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something

Alliance – A union between people, groups, countries, etc. : a relationship in which people agree to work together; The state of being joined in some activity or effort : the state of being allied; The group of people, countries, etc., that are joined together in some activity or effort.

Assistance – the act of assisting or the help supplied : aid


Burglary – The act of illegally entering a building or order to steal things

Burgle – rob, burglarize, loot, steal from, plunder


Camp – A place usually away from urban areas where tents or simple buildings (as cabins) are erected for shelter or for temporary residence (as for laborers, prisoners, or vacationers) <migrant labor camp>; A group of tents, cabins, or huts <fishing camps along a river>; A place usually in the country for recreation or instruction often during the summer <goes to camp every July>; also: a program offering access to recreational or educational facilities for a limited period of time <computer camp> <a resort offering boating and hiking camps>

City Council – The legislative body of a city

City Manager – An official employed by an elected council to direct the administration of a city government

Consequence – A conclusion derived through logic: Inference; Something produced by a cause or necessarily following from a set of conditions <the economic consequences of the war>; Importance with respect to power to produce an effect <a mistake of no consequence>; The appearance of importance; especially: Self-importance

1: relating to, involving, or being a crime
2: relating to crime or to the prosecution of suspects in a crime 3: guilty of crime; also : of or befitting a criminal
4: disgraceful


Detain – To officially prevent (someone) from leaving a place: to hold or keep (someone) in a prison or some other place


Enforce – To make (a law, rule, etc.) active or effective: to make sure that people do what is required by (a law, rule, etc.)

Enable – To make (someone or something) able to do or be something


Felony – A grave crime formerly differing from misdemeanor under English common law by involving forfeiture in addition to any other punishment; A grave crime declared to be a felony by common law or by statute regardless of the punishment actually imposed; A crime declared a felony by statute because of the punishment imposed; A crime for which the punishment in federal law may be death or imprisonment for more than one year

Felon – One who has committed a felony



Homeless –  Having no home or permanent place of residence


Illegal – Not allowed by the law: not legal

Illicit – Not allowed by law: unlawful or illegal; Involving activities that are not considered morally acceptable





Mayor – An official elected or appointed to act as a chief executive or nominal head of a city, town or borough

Mental Health – The condition of being sound mentally and emotionally that is characterized by the absence of mental illness and by adequate adjustment especially as reflected in feeling comfortable about oneself, having positive feelings about others, and being able to meet the demands of daily life; also: the general condition of one’s mental and emotional state <Finding the flexibility and balance that is required for good mental health is a challenge we all face. – Christy Turlington, Psychology Today, July / August 2001>; Health care dealing with the promotion and improvement of mental health and the treatment of mental illness: MENTAL HYGIENE -often used before another noun<mental health professionals> <mental health clinic>


Neighborhood1 :  neighborly relationship; the quality or state of being neighbors :  proximity;  a place or region near :  vicinity; an approximate amount, extent, or degree <cost in the neighborhood of $100>; the people living near one another; a section lived in by neighbors and usually having distinguishing characteristics; the set of all points belonging to a given set whose distances from a given point are less than a given positive number; broadly :  a set that contains a neighborhood


Opiate – A drug (such as morphine or codeine) that is made from opium and that is used to reduce pain or cause sleep; Something that causes people to ignore problems and to relax instead of doing things that need to be done

Ombudsman – A person (such as a government official or an employee) who investigates complaints and tries to deal with problems fairly


Panhandle – to stop people on the street and ask for food or money: beg
transitive verb
1: to accost on the street and beg from
2: to get by panhandling
Prowl – To move or wander stealthily in or as if in search of prey

Parole – Permission given to a prisoner to leave prison before the end of a sentence usually as a reward for behaving well




Safety – The condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury, or loss

Seattle – U.S. city, Washington

a: the occupation or function of serving b : employment as a servant
2a: the work performed by one that serves b : help, use, benefit c : contribution to the welfare of othersd : disposal for use <I’m entirely at your service>
3a: a form followed in worship or in a religious ceremony b : a meeting for worship —often used in plural
4: the act of serving: asa : a helpful act b : useful labor that does not produce a tangible commodity —usually used in plural

Shelter – A place that provides food and protection for people or animals that need assistance

Shoplift – To steal things from a shop or store

Squatter – One that settles on property without right or title or payment of rent; One that settles on public land under government regulation with the purpose of acquiring title


Treatment – The way you think of and act toward someone or something; The act or manner or an instance of treating someone of something: handling, usage <the star requires careful treatment>; The  technique or actions customarily applied in a specified situation; A substance or technique used in treating; An experimental condition

Trespass – Trespass is an area of criminal law or tort law broadly divided into three groups: trespass to the person, trespass to chattels and trespass to land. Trespass to the person historically involved six separate trespasses: threats, assault, battery, wounding, mayhem, and maiming
a: a violation of moral or social ethics : transgression; especially : sinb : an unwarranted infringement
2a: an unlawful act committed on the person, property, or rights of another; especially : a wrongful entry on real property b : the legal action for injuries resulting from trespass


Unlawful – Not allowed by the law


Vandalism – willful or malicious destruction or defacement of public or private property