Who is Homeless?

Who is Homeless?

Taken from National Center for Homeless Education at Serve www.serve.org/nche 2014 Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (as reauthorized by Title X, Part C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended)

The term “homeless children and youth”-

  • Means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night time residence…; and

Includes-

  • children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placements;
  • children and youths who have primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings…
  • children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  • migratory children who qualify as homeless
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