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You may approve a homeless household for protective and preventive child care to allow the household to stabilize their living situation.

Who is homeless?

In order to qualify as homeless, a household must lack a permanent, fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

A homeless household always includes those people living in an emergency or transitional shelter and those living in a place where people do not ordinarily sleep.

Examples of where people do not ordinarily sleep include but are not limited to

  • cars,
  • parks,
  • streets,
  • outside,
  • public spaces,
  • abandoned buildings,
  • substandard housing, or
  • bus or train stations.

You do not consider how long a person lives in this situation in order to consider them homeless.

Being homeless may also include those persons who are staying with a non-household member due to the loss of housing, economic hardship, or other similar reason and those persons who live in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds. You can only consider those living with a non-household member or in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds as homeless if they are living there temporarily.

  • If the household lives in one of these situations under 90 days, consider them homeless.
  • If they have been living there more than 90 days when they apply, do not consider them as homeless.


Unit Type Approved

You grant this need factor based on the family's living situation not because of any activity the parents or caretakers are performing. When you determine a family to be homeless, approve the homeless family for a weekly or blended unit type for 30 days. Choose the blended unit type for the school-aged children in the household and weekly for all other children in the household.

FACS K16 Coding Options

Code the need factor in the FACS dropdown box K16. Use "prevention of or protection from abuse, neglect and/or exploitation." Video examples for coding the Auth Daycare tab and this block are available through Quest here and here. Specific instructions for protective or preventive Child Care are also available through Quest.

Example 1:

Allison and her daughter Gina have been living at a homeless shelter since February 3, 2018. Allison applies for Child Care on June 18, 2018. She is not working or attending school. Is she homeless?

Yes. She is currently living at the homeless shelter. She has been living there for more than 90 days. The residents of a shelter, however, qualify as homeless regardless of how long they have lived there. Consider Allison and Gina for protective or preventive child care.

Example 2:

Peter lost his job on January 20, 2018. Unable to make rent, Peter and his daughter Ruby begin living with Peter's mother on April 15, 2018. Still out-of-work, Peter applies for Child Care on June 15, 2018. He is not attending school. Is Peter homeless?

Yes. Peter began living with his mother due to the economic hardships that stemmed from his job ending. Driven to live with his mother, his family has been living there for less than 90 days. He qualifies as homeless until 90 days after April 15, 2018.

Example 3:

Wilson lives in a trailer on a camp ground with his son Roosevelt. Wilson is not working or attending school. He applies for Child Care on May 30, 2018. He reports that he began living in the trailer about a year ago. Is Wilson homeless?

No. He is not homeless. Permanently living in a trailer does not constitute homelessness.

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