There is no place on the inspection forms for the most common complaint: the disrespect accorded to residents by the shelter staff. Were there such a box to check, it could never capture how these encounters reverberate for days, reinforcing the rock-bottom failure that Auburn represents.
Even egregious incidents are sometimes mentioned in passing. One mother summarizes her grievance, at the top of the form, as “All of my belongs went in garbbage.” In explaining how her possessions were discarded, she mentions, tangentially, that her caseworker had “groped” her. She ends the complaint on a conciliatory note: “Peace.”
The signature at the bottom belongs to Dasani’s mother, Chanel. After she filed the complaint in September 2011, the worker was taken off her case, but kept his job and recently got a raise.
basically, i really wish they had chosen a different family, despite how good the article is, to discuss poverty in NYC.. rather than a family who examplifies every stereotype about the poor that there is.. there are plenty of responsible working poor in nyc who are also homeless who arent drug addicts or in gangs, who dont neglect their children.
also there were a bunch of inaccuracies that irked me - a studio in most parts of brooklyn does not cost 2300/month, children of the poor go to college for free (just two examples)
and im a bit concerned that there was not more meaningful discussion of the severe child neglect that is described throughout this entire article.. idk.
i dont see this article contributing positively to the plight of the poor in NY, unfortunately. wish i could say different
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