Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average age of the youth that Maslow Project serves?

11 years old. This is because Maslow serves children and youth between the ages of 0-21.

What percentage of students enrolled in Jackson County are homeless?

10%. Roughly 1 in 10 students are identified as homeless each year.

How do federal education laws define homelessness?

They define homeless as any student who lacks a fixed, adequate and regular night-time residence. For example, hotels, camping, cars/trailers, couch-surfing and unsheltered.

What is the number of homeless children under the age of 5 that Maslow Project serves?

Over 400 a year.

Are most homeless teens runaways!

No. Most teens end up homeless due to abuse, economic hardships or neglect.

Most homeless children or teens are without a parent or guardian (true or false)?

False: most homeless children and teens are part of an entire family all experiencing homelessness.

Maslow Project only provides basic needs such as food and clothing (true or false)?

False: Maslow DOES provide basic needs as kids can’t aspire to high level goals if their survival needs aren’t addressed first. However, Maslow ALSO provides a variety of supports to help engage kids in school, gain life skills and work toward higher level goals in life such as college and employment.

What is the federal definition of homelessness?

The McKinney-Vento Act states that children and youth who lack “a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence” will be considered homeless.

You can find the official McKinney-Vento Act at the National Center for Homeless Education (link NCHE to web site: )

Who qualifies as "homeless" under the Mckinney-Vento Act?

The U.S. Department of Education has determined that factors to consider in determining whether housing is “substandard” include whether the housing “lacks one of the fundamental utilities such as water, electricity, or heat; is infested with vermin or mold; lacks a functional part such as a working kitchen or a working toilet; or may present unreasonable dangers to adults, children, or persons with disabilities.”

Children and youth who are sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason are covered by the McKinney-Vento Act.

This can include unaccompanied youth who are running away from home, even if their parents state a desire for the youth to return home. Families who share adequate housing on a long-term basis due to preference or convenience would not be covered by the Act.