Families in Transition

Definition of Homeless According to McKinney-Vento Legislation

The law says that a child or youth without a fixed, regular and adequate residence is homeless. It does not matter how long the child or youth has been without a home. It also does not matter if the child or youth is living with a parent or is separated from parents. Under the Act, students are homeless if they are:

  • Living with a friend, relative or someone else because they lost their home or can't afford a home
  • Staying in a hotel or motel
  • Living in an emergency or transitional shelter or a domestic violence shelter
  • Staying in substandard housing
  • Living in a car, park, public place, abandoned building or bus or train station
  • Living in a campground or an inadequate trailer home
  • Abandoned in a hospital; or living in a runaway or homeless youth shelter

Resources

PDF DocumentCommon Signs of Homelessness
PDF DocumentFamilies in Transition Student Assistance Program - Family Information
PDF DocumentFamilies in Transition Student Assistance Program - Referral Form
External LinkMDE Homeless Education