The New Yorker Magazine just published an amazing piece of reporting by Pulitizer-Prize winning author Jennifer Egan, “A Journey from Homelessness to a Room of One’s Own”. Egan follows the lives of several individuals as they move from homelessness into supportive housing in New York City.
It is heartbreaking and inspiring, made so above all by the lives shared, with the help of beautiful and powerful writing about them. It is a long piece (think 30 minutes), and it is worth every minute if you want to feel the support for the extraordinary work so many of you are doing every day, and the support for the solution of supportive housing as a solution that works.
If time is simply too short and/or you want more, New Yorker Radio Hour podcast interviews Jennifer Egan about the story in an 18 minute segment. That, too, is a great listen.
This story gives us all a chance to feel the gratitude to the case managers in this work, to advocate for so much more of this proven solution and above all to bow to the extraordinary human resiliency that defines the lives of far too many of our neighbors every single day.