Homeless Children

Homeless Children

Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, reauthorized by Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act, ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. This brief explains the key provisions in the Act concerning the identification of homeless children and youth and offers strategies for implementing the Act in a school district. Additional briefs on various topics in the law may be found at:


Homeless Children

Who is Homeless?

The term "homeless children and youth" means individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement.

Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances as noted above.

For further information regarding Homeless Children and their education, please contact Jennifer Grenger, the North Hanover Township School District homeless liaison.  Mrs. Grenger may be reached directly at  jgrenger@nhanover.com or at [609] 738-2637.  You may also access the New Jersey Administrative Code website at:


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