Definitions of homelessness will be standardized to improve access to services. Definitions are set out for “a person experiencing homelessness” and an individual at “substantial risk.” Definitions of a person experiencing homelessness will also include those without fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Services for children are aligned with the federal McKinney-Vento definition of homeless.
- A definition of "homeless" is added for purposes of the ECEAP and the WCCC program in accordance with McKinney-Vento.
- The definition of "homeless person" for purposes of the TANF program is expanded and applies to cases where a family includes a homeless child or youth as defined by McKinney- Vento.
For the purposes of child welfare, dependency proceedings, the child welfare housing assistance pilot program, and for individuals who qualify for a reduced identicard fee, "experiencing homelessness" is defined as a person living outside or in a building not meant for human habitation or which they have no legal right to occupy, in an emergency shelter, a temporary housing program, or who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including circumstances such as sharing the housing of other persons.