WHEN IS A YOUTH CONSIDERED HOMELESS?
Per the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC 11302), youth are considered homeless if they "lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence," including:
- Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons;
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations;
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters; and
- Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar places.
Youth may also experience episodic-homelessness, which may manifest in more unconventional ways like couch-surfing.
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