When you think of the homeless, what is the image you create in your mind? Does it include homeless children? A segment recently aired on 60 Minutes about homeless children and what they and their families must endure. The title of the segment is Hardtimes generation: homeless kids . The story is centered around middle class families in Seminole County, Florida who lost their homes, but it is not only occuring in Florida, it is a nationwide crisis.
In the last 2 years families living at or below the poverty level ($22,000 or less for a family of 4) has risen by 2 million, the largest amount of middle class americans to fall into the poverty level in 51 years, since the great depression.
Families are forced to choose between buying food or paying the electric bill. Children living without electricity are doing their homework by candlelight and flash lights.
Is this the image created in your mind by the question asked, how do you picture the homeless?
Please take the time to watch the video. It is 13 minutes and 34 seconds long, including a one minute commercial near the beginning of the segment. Our children our worth it!
For some children, socializing and learning are being cruelly complicated by homelessness, as Scott Pelley reports from Florida, where school buses now stop at motels for children who’ve lost their homes.
Written by Beth Baker, Deserving Decor Founder