Who are Homeless Children and Youth?
Before schools can be certain they are complying with legislation related to
educating students experiencing homelessness, they must understand who
can be considered homeless. The McKinney-Vento Act (Section 725) defines
“homeless children and youth” (school-age and younger) as:
residence, including children and youth who are:
* Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing,
economic hardship, or a similar reason.
* Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due
to lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
* Living in emergency or transitional shelters.
*Abandoned in hospitals.
* Awaiting foster care placement.
public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular
sleeping accommodation for human beings.
buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar
circumstances described above.
custody of a parent or guardian. This would include runaways living
in runaway shelters, abandoned buildings, cars, on the streets, or in
other inadequate housing; children and youth denied housing by their
families (sometimes referred to “throwaway children and youth”); and
school-age unwed mothers living in homes for unwed mothers because
they have no other housing available.
relative permanence of the living arrangements. Determinations of homelessness
should be made on a case-by-case basis.
If you have questions:
Please Contact The District Homeless Liaison: Brianna McNamara at 618-632-6336.