Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What The New York Times found in the shelter of last resort

On Monday, The New York Times published a keenly-observant, compassionate story about the people who use the city’s homeless shelter of last resort – the subways.

On Wednesday, reporter Annie Correal wrote about how she and photographer Benjamin Norman covered the story.  Her account includes one anecdote I wish had made it into the main story:

Monique Rink, 41, spoke of her five children scattered in foster homes. “Tell them, ‘I love you very much and I look forward to a time when we can be together again in this beautiful country that is America,’” she said. “I feel like my rights have been taken away from me through no negligence of my own — just because I didn’t have a home.”

By the way, multiple studies have found that 30 percent of America’s foster children could be home right now if their parents just had decent housing.