In 2015, for the first time, the NM-YRRS questionnaire included a question on homelessness, or housing status. The question mirrored the homelessness definition of the McKinney-Vento Act, which is used by the New Mexico Public Education Department to identify homeless students. For the purposes of this report, students identified as homeless will be referred to as students in unstable housing. Students living in unstable housing were at significantly increased risk for facing violence, using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, suicidal behaviors and other mental health issues and other serious challenges.
FitzGerald, C; T Bannerman; D Green; and L Penaloza. "New Mexico Youth Risk & Resiliency 2015 Survey Results Report: Housing Instability and Health." (2017). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/prc-reports-documents/27