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Big rise in Mich. kids with no permanent roof

DETROIT (AP) - A newspaper says there were more than 31,000 homeless students in Michigan schools last year, an increase of more than 300% since 2007.

Experts tell the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/tQFgKg) that the reason appears to be home foreclosures across the state. In the past, schools typically heard different reasons, such as fire or domestic abuse.

Kids with no permanent address are living with relatives or friends or at shelters and motels. Nicole Larabee and her 14-year-old son have bounced from house to house in Livonia, including one with fleas. She had a $12-an-hour job but quit in 2010 for another job that fell through.

Larabee and 14-year-old son Matt are living in a friend's basement. Matt says it's hard to relax "unless you have your own place."

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