Homeless Youth Law and Legal Definition

According to 42 USCS § 5732a [Title 42. The Public Health and Welfare; Chapter 72. Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Runaway and Homeless Youth; General Provisions], the term "homeless", used with respect to a youth, means an individual--

(A) who is--

(i) less than 21 years of age, or, in the case of a youth seeking shelter in a center under part A [42 USCS §§ 5711 et seq.], less than 18 years of age, or is less than a higher maximum age if the State where the center is located has an applicable State or local law (including a regulation) that permits such higher maximum age in compliance with licensure requirements for child-and youth-serving facilities; and

(ii) for the purposes of part B [42 USCS §§ 5714-1 et seq.], not less than 16 years of age and either--

(I) less than 22 years of age; or

(II) not less than 22 years of age, as of the expiration of the maximum period of stay permitted under section 322(a)(2) [42 USCS § 5714-2(a)(2)] if such individual commences such stay before reaching 22 years of age;

(B) for whom it is not possible to live in a safe environment with a relative; and

(C) who has no other safe alternative living arrangement.