Homelessness is defined by the federal government as:
An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is…
- a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill);
- an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or
- a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.