“I couldn’t imagine living like this forever, and I don’t want to live like this forever,” says 14-year-old Kyah, who makes a bed for herself out of blankets on the floor each night.
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For the past year, Kyah, her mother and her older sister have been living out of a single room in a relative’s house — experiencing what’s been called “hidden homelessness” in order to avoid entering the shelter system. The coronavirus pandemic has only amplified their struggles. Meet Kyah and her family in a scene from “Growing Up Poor in America” that explores the difficult-to-measure phenomenon of “hidden homelessness.”
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