Q: What is New Mexico’s definition of homeless?

A: The definition of homeless students can be found at:


The McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless

Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (as reauthorized by Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act) defines homeless as follows:

The McKinney Vento Act of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 defines student homelessness as: The term “homeless children and youths” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence (within the meaning of section 11302(a)(1) of this title); and (B) includes-

(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 adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;

(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 (within the meaning of section 11302(a)(2)(C) 1 of this title);

(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 (as such term is defined in section 6399 of title 20) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this part because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).


For more information on determining homelessness, visit Determining Eligibility for Services Under McKinney-Vento.

Q: How does the High Mountain Youth Project define homeless?

A: We use the McKinney-Veto Definition stated above

Q: What ages are considered “Youth”?

A: The population that HMYP will be focusing on will be those students in 9th – 12th grades (ages 13-18)

Q: How are youth selected to be eligible to receive help from the High Mountain Youth Project?

A: To be determined but more than likely, referral from High School social workers,  counselors, and/or administrators. Those needing help must be enrolled in high schools in Lincoln County

Q: Are youth in Ruidoso the only ones who will be serviced?

A: No, although Ruidoso High has more homeless students, all high school students experiencing homelessness in Lincoln County – Capitan, Carrizozo, Corona, Hondo Valley in addition to Ruidoso – are eligible.