Norhill Family: Read the Story
In November 2008, the Norhill family’s three-bedroom home was totally destroyed in a hurricane. Given that the Norhill family includes four children and that they live in a city far from their relatives, they didn’t feel comfortable imposing themselves on their friends and families.
Mom and Dad Norhill continued to work for their respective employers and they decided that the family would live in an extended-stay hotel until the house is rebuilt. They were told that it could take approximately four months before they are able to move back into their home. They are concerned that they may not be able to afford the extended-stay hotel for four months.
According to section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(2)), the term “homeless children and youths”—
(A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence...; and
(i) children and youths 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;
(ii) children and youths 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;
(iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
(iv) migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).
Children and youth are considered homeless if they fit both part A and any one of the subparts of part B of the definition above.