The 'Invisible' Homeless Children of New York

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

David Bruce waits with his family outside of the emergency overnight shelter intake center October 11, 2007 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

Here’s a statistic that might surprise you: The United States has the highest child poverty rate of any developed nation except for Romania. 

Nearly half of all New Yorkers live below or very close to the poverty line. Children make up a large part of this population—in total there are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York. Andrea Elliot, a reporter for our partner The New York Times, visualizes it this way: "If all of the city’s homeless children were to file into Madison Square Garden for a hockey game, more than 4,800 would not have a seat."

In many ways, children are the invisible victims of homelessness. Unlike the homeless adult men and women New Yorkers encounter daily on the city’s subway and streets, homeless kids largely are out of sight, shuffling from schools by day to temporary family shelters by night.

Elliot profiled one family caught in the shelter system. Her five-part series, which is called “Invisible Child,” focuses particularly on a preteen named Dasani. Elliot joins The Takeaway today to discuss poverty through the eyes of Dasani and her family.


Andrea Elliot

Produced by:

Mythili Rao


T.J. Raphael

Comments [4]

caddie from grateful to pay taxes in the United States of America

My suggestion is to tune into the Gates Foundation. Bill Gates is using "creative capitalism" to cure inequity in the world. He's enthusiastic about his positive work, and the impact.

There is much that could discouraged, many (to Many) homeless children is a big one, but if the few (government legislators) would stand aside, step away from their fear, and ultra-conservative ways, most complications would disappear; ways to save the homeless could be created.

Dec. 16 2013 02:11 PM

Oh, that searching for an affordable place to live with your parents was as easy to find as searching for an updated link . . . if typing: invisible homeless children new york :[ seems difficult think about being homeless with no place to plug-in ~~~~ anything!

Dec. 11 2013 01:27 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Despite the fact that I was born and bred in New York, I am a visitor here, with a visa that is going to run out soon...

If my landlord sells the building, I will have to move, and probably have to leave New York.
I live in Bed Stuy and my kids go to school in Ft. Greene at Arts and Letters.My kids are a minority in that they were both born in New York from parents who were both born in New York and we are most definitely outsiders...

Maybe Queens, I might be able to get a visa for Queens.

Dec. 10 2013 02:59 PM
someBostonGuy from Boston

Please update this link to that article.

You go to

when you click on it ... and, of course, it should go to ..

Dec. 10 2013 11:58 AM

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