NC Coastal Schools See More Homeless Students

Several factors have combined to triple the number of homeless students in a coastal North Carolina county.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported Sunday that Perquimans County Schools has 60 students classified as homeless this year up from 18 last year.

School system social worker Latonia Johnson says the tough economy, house fires and cases of domestic violence have contributed to the rise. Johnson says the students are not sleeping on streets, but their families do not have a fixed home. They may be living with other families, in shelters, motels or cars.

The schools provide the students with free meals, tutoring, after-school programs and other services to help the whole family.

Currituck County Schools also has seen an increase in homeless students and have 53 this year.

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  • by Stop it already! Location: Plymouth on May 4, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    I agree there are parents who for whatever reason fail to provide for their children.It's great that Please! could pay off a $40,000 car in 9 months on a E-7 pay. The point is he/she had pay! To Obama Snake Oil- Obama can not do anything without some support from Congress. You sound as if we were in a great economic situation prior to 2008. Well, in case you're unaware, things were bad for many people then too. Most experts agree that the economy is recovering. It is a slow process. It didn't tank in 2 years and it will not be fixed in 2 years. Oil is only one of our problems. So instead of pointing fingers and guessing if someone could do better, consider what things you could do to change the situation. Do you own a business? If so, have you employed anyone? If given a tax break as Republican suggest, will you simply increase your profits or actually help someone by hiring more employees. I would venture to say that you, like many, would pad your pockets first. Who does that help? Only a few still.
  • by Please! Location: New Bern on Apr 26, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    I will have to say yes I am better off today than I was two years ago! It's called learning how to manage your money! Stop playing the blame game and taking responsbility for your own bills! I was able to pay off a $40,000 dollar car in 9 month on a E-7 pay and I work 10 hours a week and I do have kids that I take care of all by myself with assistance from ANYONE! I'll agree on WITN censorship as they didn't post my first post! These parents are able to buy plenty of other non needed things (beer and....) but can't put a roof over their kids heads.... I leave it at that and maybe they will still post my comment!
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Apr 25, 2011 at 02:00 PM
    Nice censorship WITN. Thanks.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 25, 2011 at 01:53 PM
    I blame this on any Obama voter. This is your hopeless and change you brought. Why? Gas prices will lead to even more homeless and unemployed and your president signed a moritorium on drilling in the Gulf. This makes it almost impossible to drill there. Then he spends 2 billion in tax money to the Argentinians to drill. Yep, thats a change. Lose jobs and make us buy oil from them. Someone tell the president he shot himself in the foot!
  • by upsetting Location: wayne co on Apr 25, 2011 at 01:20 PM
    The Snow Hill paper did a story a couple of weeks ago concerning problem in Greene Co and with the recent weather event will there be more. Would love to help if anyone could tell me how. Go to, they had a movie "Beyond the Blackboard" on last night, was at hospital visiting and only got to see last 30 minutes and just that made an impact.
  • by Jim Location: SC on Apr 25, 2011 at 08:24 AM
    An as the economy continues to "tank", this terrible thing isn't going to get any better.
  • by Just Me on Apr 25, 2011 at 06:31 AM
    This breaks my heart.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2011 at 06:08 AM
    Are you better off today than you were 2 years ago? That is the change Oblunder was talking about.
  • by Theresa Location: Williamston on Apr 25, 2011 at 05:59 AM
    What a terible thing to hear. I can not imagine the feelings these children must be having. A stable home is so important to raising a child. This is only one example of how bad the economy is affecting this country and I am afraid it is only the beginning. God Bless these families and all the others on the verge of the same thing.

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