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ELIZABETH CITY, NC (AP) — Several factors have combined to triple the number of homeless students in a coastal North Carolina county.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported Sunday that Perquimans County Schools has 60 students classified as homeless this year up from 18 last year. School system social worker Latonia Johnson says the tough economy, house fires and cases of domestic violence have contributed to the rise. Johnson says the students are not sleeping on streets, but their families do not have a fixed home. They may be living with other families, in shelters, motels or cars.

The schools provide the students with free meals, tutoring, after-school programs and other services to help the whole family.

Currituck County Schools also has seen an increase in homeless
students and have 53 this year.

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