Are children and youth who move in with relatives, friends, or other people covered by the Act?

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Children and youth who are sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or 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.