The term "homeless student" means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The following definitions may provide guidance:
(1) Fixed - Securely placed or fastened; Not subject to change or fluctuation.
(2) Regular - Normal, standard, consistent. A recurring or regular residence is one used on a nightly basis.
(3) Adequate - Lawfully and reasonably sufficient. One sufficient for meeting the physical and psychological needs typically met in home environments.
Children and youth that are identified as homeless include:
Students 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, adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;
Students 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;
Students who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and migratory students who qualify as homeless because the children are living in circumstances described above.
School of Origin and Unaccompanied Youth
The term "school of origin" means the school that the student attended when permanently housed or the school in which the student was last enrolled.
The term "unaccompanied youth" includes a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.