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60 Minutes Brings Attention to Plight of Homeless Families

posted Jul 30, 2012, 5:46 PM by web feat

Over a year ago, Scott Pelley of "60 Minutes" visited central Florida to document a specific form of family homelessness: kids and their parents forced to live in cars.

They met families who'd become homeless for the first time in their lives. "So many were living day-to-day that school buses had to change their routes to pick up all the kids living in cheap motels." They called the story "Hard Times Generation."

When they returned eight months ago, they found things even worse. 

It's hard to believe that over 16 million children are living in poverty - the most documented since 1962. With families being forced from motels, and homeless shelters full, where do they go then? 

"They keep up appearances by day and try to stay out of sight at night -- holding on to one another in a hidden America, a place you wouldn't notice unless you ran into the people that we met in the moments before dawn." 

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