Increase in homeless means more schoolchildren are living in motels, campgrounds, shelters, cars
By Bonnie Miller Rubin, Chicago Tribune reporter
“Where else am I going to find a roof over our head for $179 a month?”
-Maria Maior, who recently was forced to move into a storage unit with her son and fiancé
Maria Maior’s son is a football-playing, skateboard-riding, Xbox-loving kid whose home reveals all the trappings of domesticity: a cushy sofa, big-screen TV, a framed poster of Brian Urlacher — one of the 12-year-old’s favorite football players. On most evenings, two big dogs curl up on the carpeting.
The scene could be lifted from any suburban subdivision — except that it’s located not in a den, but in a storage unit.