A family or student is considered homeless under the McKinney-Vento definition if they are in any of these places or situations:
- Public or private shelters
- Public or private places not designated for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accomodations such as vehicles, parks, motels, campgrounds, etc.
- Living with a parent in a domestic violence shelter
- Living with relatives or friends due to lack of housing
- Living in a transitional housing program
- Runaway children (under 18 years of age) and children and youth who have been abandoned or forced out of their home by parents or other caretakers (unaccompanied youth). These children may be in temporary shelters awaiting assistance from social services agencies, or may live alone on the street or move from place to place among family members, friends or acquaitances.
- Children of migrant families who lack adequate housing
- Children abandoned in hospitals or awaiting foster care
DCTS can provide coordination and support for students that includes (but is not limited to) transportation to and from school, access to free breakfast and lunch, and connection to appropriate community resources.