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Title VII, Part B
Homeless Education

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Act

(Section 725) defines "homeless children and youth" (school age and younger) as:

  1. Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are:
  2. Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
  3. Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, cars, public places, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, camping grounds or similar settings due to the lack of alternative accommodations;
  4. Living in emergency or transitional shelters; abandoned in hospitals; or awaiting foster placement.
  5. Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
  6. Unaccompanied youth, including any youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, such as runaways; throwaways, and school-age unwed mothers,living in homes for unwed mothers, who have no other housing available.


National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)

USOE Contact

Max Lang
250 East 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
Phone: (801) 538-7725 | max[dot]lang[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(E-mail)