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Element Name

Child Homeless Status

Level

Child

Category
Demographics
Definition

Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Homeless children and youth include:

1) children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; living in emergency or transitional shelters; abandoned in hospitals; or awaiting foster care placement;

2) children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or originally used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

3) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; or

4) migratory children who qualify as homeless because the children are living in circumstances described above. (See Section 103 of the McKinney Act for a more detailed description of this data element).

Fields (FIELD NAME)

Child homeless status (HOMELESS)

Variable Type

Numeric

Option Set

Yes;
No;

Reporting
Requirements
  • Common Education Data Standards (CEDS)
  • Program Information Report (PIR)
  • RTT-ELC