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Tue May 29, 2012, 11:18 PM

Most students eagerly count the days until summer vacation, but homeless children will lose safe hav

Most students eagerly count the days until summer vacation, but homeless children will lose safe havens

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_20714274/most-students-eagerly-count-days-until-summer-vacation



PITTSBURG -- Michael Fiore and his son, Matthew, became homeless in 2010, after Fiore survived cancer but couldn't find work.

After losing their Concord apartment and nearly everything they owned, the 61-year-old former Sears appliance technician and his son have alternated the last two years between sleeping in their car, in shelters and with friends.

Matthew, a Clayton Valley High sophomore, is one of thousands of homeless students in the Bay Area trying to keep up with his assignments while dealing with an unstable living situation.

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There were 220,738 homeless students attending schools in California last year
. Nationwide, the number of homeless students could surpass 1 million this year for the first time, said Barbara Duffield, policy director for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.

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