Programs that offer a special pricing structure for their own or a broader array of goods and services which may be open to the general public, be available to members only or be restricted to children, older adults or other age groups, people with disabilities (and their accompanying attendants, where applicable) or others designated by the program. Also included are programs that offer rebates on purchases consumer goods.
Retail distribution centres owned and operated by the federal, provincial/territorial and/or local government that sell salvage and surplus government property to the public, generally at or below cost or fair market value. Included may be a wide range of items including vehicles, shop equipment, office furniture, computers, hospital equipment, generators, supplies and recyclables. Some items are offered to public agencies, nonprofit organizations, small businesses and others that qualify before being made available to the community at large.
Programs that pay for or provide new, reconditioned or secondhand furnishings for homes or apartments.
Programs that are designated as the official repository for lost personal property and are responsible for returning items to people who can satisfactorily prove ownership.
Programs that pay for or provide portable computing, communications or entertainment devices for use in a variety of environments. The devices typically have a display screen with touch input or a miniature keyboard and include personal digital assistants (PDAs), handheld game consoles, digital cameras, portable media players, e-book readers, cell phones, pagers and personal navigation devices (PDNs). Some devices offer a combination of functions, e.g., most PDAs have features which allow them to be used as mobile phones or portable media players; and smartphones have advanced capabilities such as Wi-Fi and e-book reader features and function more like miniature computers with phone capabilities.
Programs that pay for or provide personal computers, copy machines, fax machines, adding machines, shredders, time and attendance machines, laminating/binding machines, paper cutters and trimmers, presentation equipment and other office equipment.
Programs that pay for or provide new or secondhand personal necessities.
Programs that pay for or provide maintenance and repair services that enable people to fix essential household appliances or other essential possessions that are broken or damaged.
Organizations that offer new or secondhand furniture, appliances, clothing, toys and other material goods at lower than retail prices, and which often use the proceeds from sales to support other services to the community. Thrift shops accept direct donations from the public of new and reusable goods. Also included are other types of resale shops that sell secondhand but reusable musical instruments, salvaged building materials, office equipment, sports equipment, books, CDs and other material goods.
Programs that pay for or supply tools and equipment that are necessary for gardening, home maintenance, employment or other purposes.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.