“…thank you for everything you've done for me. You opened up opportunities for me and gave me a hand, when I thought nobody cared.” CARE Student, Class of 2015
What is College Homelessness?
- Individuals and families who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes a subset for an individual who is existing in an institution where he or she resided for 90 days or less and those who have resided in an emergency shelter or a place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution;
- Individuals and families who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence and have proof of an eviction notice;
- Unaccompanied individual and families defined as homeless based upon the McKinney-Vento
Act. The McKinney-Vento Act defines homelessness as:
- Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (also referred to “doubled up” or “couch surfing”)
- Living in substandard housing such as motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters
- Abandoned in hospitals
- 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;
- Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; or
- Individuals and families who are fleeing, or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions that relate to violence against the individual or a family member.