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STORY OF HOPE - From The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund
In the Bronx, Getting Back All 40 Winks
Poverty constricts how people live. For one family on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, it affected how they slept.
Joydeth Martinez, 29, had been living in a Bronx homeless shelter for months with her youngest child, her 8-year-old son, Joseth Torres.
With the help of a city rent subsidy program, Ms. Martinez was able to move out of the shelter system and into an apartment, a one-bedroom in a five-story walk-up on the Grand Concourse.
Ms. Martinez, Joseth and her 10-year-old daughter, Dayzha Torres, who had been staying with her father and Ms. Martinez’s oldest son while Ms. Martinez and Joseth were in the shelter system, moved in in February 2008.
But it was not quite home: Just about all the furniture Ms. Martinez could afford was a kitchen table, a futon and a twin bed....
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Story: Manny Fernandez
Photo: Michelle V. Agins
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