42 U.S.C. § 11302 : US Code - Section 11302: General definition of homeless individual

    (a) In general
      For purposes of this chapter, the terms "homeless", "homeless
    individual", and "homeless person" means -  (!1)

        (1) an individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and
      adequate nighttime residence;
        (2) an individual or family with a primary nighttime residence
      that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily
      used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings,
      including a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station,
      airport, or camping ground;
        (3) an individual or family living in a supervised publicly or
      privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living
      arrangements (including hotels and motels paid for by Federal,
      State, or local government programs for low-income individuals or
      by charitable organizations, congregate shelters, and
      transitional housing);
        (4) an individual who resided in a shelter or place not meant
      for human habitation and who is exiting an institution where he
      or she temporarily resided;
        (5) an individual or family who - 
          (A) will imminently lose their housing, including housing
        they own, rent, or live in without paying rent, are sharing
        with others, and rooms in hotels or motels not paid for by
        Federal, State, or local government programs for low-income
        individuals or by charitable organizations, as evidenced by - 
            (i) a court order resulting from an eviction action that
          notifies the individual or family that they must leave within
          14 days;
            (ii) the individual or family having a primary nighttime
          residence that is a room in a hotel or motel and where they
          lack the resources necessary to reside there for more than 14
          days; or
            (iii) credible evidence indicating that the owner or renter
          of the housing will not allow the individual or family to
          stay for more than 14 days, and any oral statement from an
          individual or family seeking homeless assistance that is
          found to be credible shall be considered credible evidence
          for purposes of this clause;

          (B) has no subsequent residence identified; and
          (C) lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain
        other permanent housing; and

        (6) unaccompanied youth and homeless families with children and
      youth defined as homeless under other Federal statutes who - 
          (A) have experienced a long term period without living
        independently in permanent housing,
          (B) have experienced persistent instability as measured by
        frequent moves over such period, and
          (C) can be expected to continue in such status for an
        extended period of time because of chronic disabilities,
        chronic physical health or mental health conditions, substance
        addiction, histories of domestic violence or childhood abuse,
        the presence of a child or youth with a disability, or multiple
        barriers to employment.
    (b) Domestic violence and other dangerous or life-threatening
      conditions
      Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the
    Secretary shall consider to be homeless any individual or family
    who is fleeing, or is attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating
    violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-
    threatening conditions in the individual's or family's current
    housing situation, including where the health and safety of
    children are jeopardized, and who have no other residence and lack
    the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent
    housing.
    (c) Income eligibility
      (1) In general
        A homeless individual shall be eligible for assistance under
      any program provided by this chapter, only if the individual
      complies with the income eligibility requirements otherwise
      applicable to such program.
      (2) Exception
        Notwithstanding paragraph (1), a homeless individual shall be
      eligible for assistance under title I of the Workforce Investment
      Act of 1998 [29 U.S.C. 2801 et seq.].
    (d) Exclusion
      For purposes of this chapter, the term "homeless" or "homeless
    individual" does not include any individual imprisoned or otherwise
    detained pursuant to an Act of the Congress or a State law.
    (e) Persons experiencing homelessness
      Any references in this chapter to homeless individuals (including
    homeless persons) or homeless groups (including homeless persons)
    shall be considered to include, and to refer to, individuals
    experiencing homelessness or groups experiencing homelessness,
    respectively.