Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars

Scott Pelley brings "60 Minutes" cameras back to central Florida to document another form of family homelessness: kids and their parents forced to live in cars

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It's life for a lot of folks. The number of kids in poverty in America is pushing toward 25 percent. One out of four. Austin and Ariel usually get cleaned up for school at gas stations. They find its best to go to different ones every day so the managers don't get sore.

[Arielle: Goodbye daddy.

Tom: Have a good day.]

Before the bell, they blend in with more than 1,100 other homeless students in the Seminole County schools. At Casselberry School we met 15 kids who'd been living in cars. With their parent's permission, they told us you don't get much sleep - with your brothers and sisters in the backseat - but that wasn't the worst part.

Marquis Gines: We were really scared. So, so we would stay up all night sometimes and watch over my mom and keep her safe.

Pelley: How many of you, show me your hands, were worried about your safety while you were living in the car?

Tiffany Lincoln: To me it was scary 'cause I thought something was either gonna happen to my mom or my grandfather or my dad or me.

Ashley Paige: We weren't staying in a very good neighborhood like where the car was parked. And someone came up and robbed my aunt for the little bit of money that we had.

Jade Wiley: Well, I worried that someone would just break in and steal my mom's purse.

Jade Wiley is eight years old. She spent three weeks living in her car with her mom, her dad, two dogs and a cat.

Pelley: Did you think you were ever gonna get out of the car?

Jade Wiley: I thought I was going to be stuck in the car.

Pelley: How did you keep your spirits up?

Jade Wiley: By still praying to God that somebody'd let us stay in a hotel.

Pelley: And how did you get out of the car?

Jade Wiley: Well there's this nice lady named Beth. And then she gave us a lot of money so we could stay at the hotel. And now I'm staying at the hotel.

Pelley: She said that a nice lady named Beth came and gave the family money.

Beth Davalos: Well, a nice community came. I just delivered it.

Beth Davalos runs programs for homeless kids in the Seminole County schools. This is the video that she shot when she found Jade's family.

[Jade Wiley, inside car: Well, we deal with it. Every day we deal with it when we live in the car.

Beth Davalos: We're going to get you a hotel room now? How do you feel about that?

Jade Wiley: Happy.]

When Davalos hears of a student on the street she uses county money and donations to get temporary shelter in a motel.