Children and Youth in Many Different Living Situations are Considered Homeless Under Federal Law

Homelessness is a lack of permanent housing resulting from extreme poverty or from the lack of a stable and adequate living arrangement. Children and youth in homeless situations often do not fit society’s stereotypical images of homelessness; therefore, educators may not realize when a student would be considered homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act and, therefore, eligible for the protections and services the Act provides. The McKinney-Vento Act contains a specific definition of homelessness that includes a broad range of inadequate living situations.