- Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason
- Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
- Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters
- Children and youth abandoned in hospitals
- Children and youth "awaiting" foster care placement
- The McKinney-Vento Act draws a distinction between children and youth who are "in" foster care, and those who are "awaiting" foster care. Washington state defines "awaiting" foster care as the period of time between the initial placement of the child into state care and the 30-day shelter care hearing. You can read more about this definition in Memorandum 012-12M from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
- Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc)
- Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, bus or train stations
- Migratory Children and youth living in any of the above situations
The term "Unaccompanied Youth" includes youth in homeless situations who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.