Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness (SAFEH)

Definition of Homelessness

According to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, a student is homeless if they live:
  • In a house or apartment with more than one family due to loss of housing or economic hardship (aka “doubled-up” or “tripled up”) 
  • With friends or family because they are a runaway or an unaccompanied youth

  •  In substandard housing (i.e. without electricity, water, or heat)

  • In a shelter (family, domestic violence, youth shelter, or transitional living program)

  • In a motel, hotel, SRO, or weekly rate housing

  • In an abandoned building, in a car, trailer park, at a campground, or on the streets

This page was last updated on March 22, 2022