Homeless Children and Youth under the McKinney-Vento Act
Who are Homeless Children and Youth?
The Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO) describes homelessness as a lack of permanent housing resulting from extreme poverty, or, in the case of unaccompanied youth, the lack of a safe and stable living environment. McKinney-Vento Act (Section 725) goes on to further identify homeless children and youth as those who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. Key provisions in identifying homeless children and youth include, but are not limited to:
- Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of permanent housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, camping grounds, cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters.
- Abandoned in hospitals.
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in any of the above circumstances.
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