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A powerful piece on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night shone a light into life as a homeless teenager in Florida. Though the show gave faces and stories to the impact the recession has had on South Florida, the Internet lit up with concern for two teens in particular, brother and sister Arielle and Austin Metzger. The siblings live in a van with their father, an unemployed carpenter.
The two spoke eloquently of their homelessness and the state of the economy — and of their enduring faith in the American Dream. In a post-show clip, the CBS News producer Nicole Young talks about how much Metzger impressed her. “I give the girl credit because most adults couldn’t handle that.”
For those looking to help with the homelessness problem, the Orlando Sentinel writes that Seminole County has a Web site dedicated to helping families in transition: Seminole Homeless Kids. The blog also notes a surprising statistic: The average age of a homeless person in the United States is 7.
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