Homelessness is an epidemic in New York City. The expensive, fractured method of offering families temporary shelter must be reformed to provide a real path to permanent housing. Our town is a staggeringly unequal one. A political campaign has helped to beat these truths like a drum in recent months, but missing in even the sharpest reports are plain images of reality. How do nine people and their possessions fit into a single, mouse-infested room? How can a child hope to attend school if their home could change overnight? What does someone who has to stretch $39 over two weeks to feed eight children look like?
The New York Times began the task of showing you the life of an 11-year-old in a family of ten existing in a homeless shelter at least a year before de Blasio was elected. The result is the five-part Invisible Child.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) December 9, 2013