1. Individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence;

  2. 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;

  • Children and youth who 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;

  • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned  buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

  • Migratory children 

United States Department of Education 

Definition of homelessness



Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001

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