The McKinney-Vento Definition of HomelessSubtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (as reauthorized by Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act) defines homeless as follows:
The term "homeless children and youths"--
(A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
This includes children and youth 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 placement;
· have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
· are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
· migratory children living in circumstances described above.