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
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
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.
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.
Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA)
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:
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
Maine's Civil Remedies for Human Trafficking Statute
Youth Homeless Services CBH Contact Information:
Office: (207) 626-8666