Change Indicator

Homeless students in Colorado

Homeless students

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definition and Source



Number of PK-12 public school students served by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program during the school year based on Colorado school district submissions.  The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program serves homeless children and youth, which they define as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence...; and includes:
  • sharing housing due to loss of housing or economic hardship (not due to cultural preference or a desire to save money)
  • living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate housing.
  • living in emergency or transitional housing.
  • abandoned in hospitals.
  • awaiting foster care.
  • living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, or bus or train stations.
  • children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations.
  • migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in the circumstances described above.

Data Source

Colorado Department of Education


Please note that this indicator is derived only from school or school district records.  This does not represent the total number of homeless children and youth in these communities, which would include both those children who were enrolled during the year and those who were not.  Additionally, children and youth in homeless situations are difficult to identify for many reasons.  High mobility, fear or stigmas, and invisibility of postulations not living in shelters or accessing other service agencies are examples of reported identification barriers.  While the data above are based on continual district efforts in identifying students who are homeless, the complexity regarding identification challenges would indicate the actual numbers of students who are homeless in Colorado school districts and counties are most likely higher than those reported.

Last Updated

March 2024