Answer: No, this situation does not appear to meet the definition of homelessness under the McKinney-Vento Act. The Act covers children and youth who are “sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.” A voluntary assignment with the military is not a reason that is “similar to” loss of housing or economic hardship. The parent made a planned decision, which included the care of their child while he or she is away. 

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