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McKinney-Vento Homeless Education



Definition of homelessness: The law defines a child or youth as homeless as one who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate residence. The following living situations may qualify under McKinney-Vento law: 

  • Living with a friend, relative or someone else because they lost their home.

  • Staying in a motel or hotel.

  • Living in an emergency or transitional shelter or domestic violence shelter.

  • Staying in substandard housing.

  • Living in a car, park or public place, abandoned building or bus station.

  • Living temporarily in substandard housing.

  • Living in a campground or an inadequate trailer home.

  • Living in a runaway or homeless youth shelter.

  • Youth living on their own or has left a permanent living situation