Homeless Resources

"Most homeless kids are on the streets because they have been forced by circumstances that cause them to think that they are safer there than in any home they once knew."   -- Jewel

Homeless Resources


McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

McKinney-Vento Definition of "Homeless"

Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act) defines "homeless" as follows:

The term "homeless children and youths"--

(A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence (within the meaning of section 103(a)(1)); and

(B) includes--

(i) children and youths 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;

(ii) children and youths 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 (within the meaning of section 103(a)(2)(C));

(iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

(iv) migratory children (as such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).


National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth  


National Center for Homeless Education



  • Things to know about homelessness:
    • No eligible person, regardless of their previous place of residence, is denied admission to a shelter if beds or rooms are available.
    • You don't need a mailing address to be eligible for benefits.
    • Once prescribed by a doctor, medication is available even if you can't afford it.
    • Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to go to school, including public pre-school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.
    • Teens, even under age 18, can apply for food stamps without a parent or guardian signature.
    • A person who is homeless has the right to apply for and receive food stamps despite the lack of a permanent address.


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