Homeless youth

The federal definition of a homeless youth is a person under the age of 21 who lacks having a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This includes youth living is temporary settings with others due to economic hardship- motels, campgrounds emergency shelters,and those awaiting foster care placement or left in hospitals.

OCFS contracts with providers of homeless youth services throughout Maine to ensure that youth who are experiencing homelessness, including being unstably housed, have access to services where they are located, such as:

  • Outreach Services,
  • Drop-in Services,
  • Emergency Shelter,
  • Shelter and
  • Transitional Living Programs.

Licensing Regulations governing Youth Shelter Services External site disclaimer
Licensure of Shelter for Homeless Children10-148 C.M.R. Ch. 8, and Licensure of Emergency Shelters for Children 10-148 C.M.R. Ch. 9.

Federal Rules pertaining to Homeless Youth

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act External site disclaimer
Aims to minimize the educational disruptions experienced by homeless students by allowing them to remain enrolled in the schools they have been attending, although they may no longer meet residency requirements.

Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) (PDF)

Part of the original McKinney-Vento legislation.  Provides formula grants to state educational agencies to ensure that children and youth experiencing homelessness have the same access to education provided to all children and youth.

Search for local McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison External site disclaimer

Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) External site disclaimer
Based on State population, RHYA provides foundational support (grants) to address young adult and youth homelessness, which fund local systems of care, including:  Street Outreach, Counseling Services, Basic Center and Transitional Living Programming.

Links to Housing:

Maine Housing External site disclaimer
Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) External site disclaimer
Emergency Shelters in Maine External site disclaimer
Homeless Assistance External site disclaimer


State Laws to Support Youth Experiencing Homelessness External site disclaimer

Human Trafficking External site disclaimer

Modern-day slavery involving the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. 
National Human Trafficking Hotline External site disclaimer
Maine's Civil Remedies for Human Trafficking Statute External site disclaimer

Youth Homeless Services CBH Contact Information: 
Alice Preble
Office: (207) 626-8666 
Email: alice.preble@maine.gov