Homeless Youth Services

Contact:  Maria Plowman, Coordinator III, Student Services and Support

Homeless children are entitled to the protections of the McKinney-Vento Act. The Act defines homeless children as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” The act goes on to give examples of children who would fall under this definition:

  • Children sharing housing due to economic hardship or loss of housing;
  • Children living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations;
  • Children living in emergency or transitional shelters;
  • Children awaiting foster care placement;
  • Children whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc);
  • Children living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations