Nine years in the past, my colleague Andrea Elliott got down to report a sequence of tales about what it was prefer to be a homeless little one in New York City. As a part of her reporting, she quickly met a lady in Brooklyn named Dasani — “a spunky 11-year-old with big dreams and no home,” as Andrea has described her.
The five-part sequence that The Times revealed in 2013 turned Dasani right into a public determine. Readers donated cash to assist her. Bill de Blasio, the incoming mayor who promised to scale back earnings inequality, stated, “We can’t let children of this city like Dasani down.” At the 2014 inauguration for de Blasio and different high officers, Dasani held the bible for Letitia James, the brand new public advocate, who referred to as Dasani “my new BFF.”
This morning, The Times Magazine has revealed a brand new story by Andrea that follows Dasani within the years for the reason that highlight left her. It makes for gripping, and at instances tough, studying.
Much of it's set on the Milton Hershey School, a tuition-free faculty in Pennsylvania, which the chocolate magnate based in 1909 to teach poor kids. Part of the varsity’s guiding philosophy is that its college students should largely separate themselves from their households to flee poverty, and Dasani struggles with this depressing dilemma. She alternates between excelling and struggling at college, whereas her mom and siblings again in New York deal with new setbacks of their very own.
“I felt like I did something wrong,” Dasani stated, about leaving residence. At night time, she misses sleeping in the identical mattress as her toddler sister, Lee-Lee.
The story ends within the current day — on a worse word than I had hoped as I used to be studying it and a greater one than I had feared. It affords no tidy coverage options, but it's as related immediately as Andrea’s sequence was in 2013. Once once more, New York is about to have a brand new mayor, and the particular person more likely to have the job is vowing to deal with the enduring downside of homelessness in one of many world’s wealthiest cities.
You can learn the story — and see photographs by Ruth Fremson — right here.
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