Students Talk About Growing Up in Homeless Shelters
NBC New York | April 9, 2018
NBC NY’s Melissa Russo spoke with New York City school kids who have spent at least part of their childhoods in homeless shelters. These boys and girls are the forgotten faces of homelessness, according to a new report from Win. Russo spoke to a young lady named DeeDee about her experiences growing up in a shelter.
“I grew up so much.” At age ten, DeeDee says spending a year in a homeless shelter put her young life in perspective. “Living in a shelter, all I know is that I just need to be safe.”
For DeeDee’s family and many others in this Harlem shelter, it is not their first time being homeless.
“The worst thing happening for homeless children is they’re returning with their family to shelters after having left,” Win President and CEO Chris Quinn explains.
According to a new report by Win, which shelters about 4,700 homeless children including DeeDee, 7 out of 10 of the children arriving to a New York City shelter had already experienced homelessness at least once before in their lives.