Definition of “homeless” from McKinney-Vento Act: 

The Act uses the Illinois statute in defining homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." The Act then goes on to give examples of children who would fall under this definition:

  • (a) Children sharing housing due to economic hardship or loss of housing;
  • (b) Children living in "motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations"
  • (c) Children living in "emergency or transitional shelters"
  • (d) Children whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc.)
  • (e) Children living in "cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations..."[12]

GPA Homeless liaison name: Wil Sargent (336)954-1344

State Coordinator’s name and phone number:  Lisa Phillips (337)315-7491

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