Under the McKinney Vento Act, a child is homeless if he/she does not have a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
Examples of Homeless Situations
(as defined in the McKinney Vento Act)
- Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason. Commonly called doubling-up.
- Children and youth living in motels, hotels, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
- Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters, abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement.
- Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
- Unaccompanied youths or runaways. Children in this situation can be described as couch surfers, chronically spending a few nights at one friend’s home then moving on to another.