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.
For questions or more information regarding Youth Homeless Services Contact: