The McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, which was signed into law by Ronald Reagan, was intended to aid the homeless. Then Rep. Bruce Vento of Minnesota, the same state that gave the nation Al Frankin, managed to amend the bill to provide to assistance to "homeless" school children. Since homeless school children didn't exit then as they do not now the definition of homeless need to be expanded so someone could soak up the federally mandated munificence. The act included:
Children sharing housing due to economic hardship or loss of housing;
Children living in “motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations”
Children living in “emergency or transitional shelters”
Children “awaiting foster care placement”
Children whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc.)
Children living in “cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
Eventually the homeless umbrella mandated that children that were forced to move for economic reasons must be transported by the local school system to their original school free of charge. The law reaches it reductio ad absurdum in Seattle where one child is transported 30 miles each way in a taxi while another arrives at school in a limousine.