What is Homelessness?
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as well as the Legal Information Institute, the definition of homelessness includes four broad categories: 1
- People who do not have a regular, adequate nighttime residence and/or are staying in an emergency shelter, transitional housing, or anywhere else where they can temporarily reside
- Individuals or families who are about to lose their primary nighttime residence (may include motel or other housing)
- Families with children or unaccompanied youth who are unstably housed and likely to continue in that state
- Individuals and families who are fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence or any other dangerous or life-threatening conditions related to violence
There are x,xxx children in the Whitewater school district who have been homeless in the past year.
1 Cornell Law School. (n.d.). 42 U.S. Code § 11302 - general definition of homeless individual. Legal Information Institute. Retrieved from https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/42/11302