• The McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless

    Section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Act defines "homeless children and youths" as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.  The term include----

    • Children and youths who are:
      • sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as "doubled-up")
      • living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
      • living in emergency or transitional shelters; or
      • abandoned in hospitals;


    • Children and youths who have a primary residence that is public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommmodation 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 becasue they are living in circumstances described above.