"Lots of memories on the wall I notice," Matthew said. "Yes, me and my friends drew all this."
He's also saying goodbye to his childhood room.
"I'm gonna have to make all new friends," Matthew said. "It stinks."
The Anticos are leaving their Bradenton, Florida home because they have to. The bank foreclosed on it in February after Sharon lost her job and fell behind on the mortgage.
For the first time in her life, she and her kids are homeless.
"What do you do when you have kids and you're in that situation?" Sharon Antico said. "You don't know what to do, you really don't know what to do."
They're not alone. In their county of Manatee, 400 kids are homeless due to the foreclosure crisis.
The numbers are rising in other housing hot zones across the country. Cleveland Public schools saw a 32 percent jump in homeless children between 2006 and 2007. Minneapolis schools have 1200 more homeless kids this year than last.
Deb Bailey runs Project Heart, a group helping homeless families on Florida's west coast. In the past year she's seen carpenters and construction workers.
"I also had a real estate agent come in," Bailey said. "She was no longer
(SOT DEB BAILEY //01:24:34) I ALSO HAD A REAL ESTATE AGENT COME IT. SHE WAS NO LONGER ABLE TO MAKE A LIVING BEING A REAL ESTATE AGENT, HAD TO GET ANOTHER JOB. AND A MORTGAGE BROKER WHOSE FIRM CLOSED."
(NARR 7)(faceless kids)
Her group is financed in part by the Manatee School District... to help kids better deal with the effects of foreclosure.
(SOT DR ROGER DEARING, SUPERINTENDENT, MANATEE SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 01 29) "THERE IS A PERIOD OF GRIEF, A PERIOD OF ANGER A PERIOD OF WHY ME AND FOR CHILDREN IT IS A VERY DIFFICULT ADJUSTMENT."
(NAT MATTHEW IN THE MORNING ****2 26 20) (brushing teeth) mom! Is this ours?
Matthew's mom found a family friend willing to take them in..but the tiny house is much farther from school.
(SOT UP MATTHEW- I don't have a time code for this) "IT'S LIKE AN HOUR LONG BUS RIDE NOW."
(NARR 9)(bus arrives)
Project Heart helped convince the district to go MILES out of its way to keep Matthew with the same kids and teacher.
(SOT TEACHER) (*******3 07 51) IT IS MONUMENTAL EVERYTHING THAT HE FINDS STABLE OUTSIDE OF HERE IS IN UPHEAVAL...
(NARR 10) (school/playing with kids outside new home)
Despite that, Matthew's grades are strong, his outlook stronger
(SOT MATTHEW 1 52 15) I DON'T REALLY LET IT GET TO ME BECAUSE ME AND MY MOM AND MY BROTHER KNOW THAT GOD'S GOING TO BLESS US SOMEDAY.
(NARR 11)(back in old house)
They would need 2-thousand dollars (check fact) for their own apartment...a goal that feels as out of reach now...
(disc 4 @ 2 02 08) SHUT THAT LIGHT OFF MATTHEW...(MATTHEW) BYE HOUSE.
(NARR 12)(lights off, out the door)