Definition of Homelessness

  • Who is Homeless? 

    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines “homeless children and youth” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. 

    Anyone who, lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence may live in the following:
    • In emergency or transitional shelters;
    • In motels, hotels, campgrounds, abandoned in hospitals, or awaiting foster care;
    • In cars, parks, public places, bus or train stations, or abandoned buildings;
    • Doubled up with relatives or friends; 
    • Unaccompanied Youth: Who is not living with a parent or guardian and are living in a homeless situation; 
    • Migratory children living in these conditions.