Growing Up Homeless In NYC


Andrea Elliott’s five-part New York Times essay “Invisible Child” is a brutal but absolutely necessary read.

In it, Elliott follows Dasani, a bright, athletic girl who, along with her parents and seven siblings, struggle through daily life in savagely underfunded homeless shelters and public schools.

It’s a reminder of how strong you have to be to grow up in a situation like that, and how far our country has yet to go to do right by its homeless.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →