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Week of 2.2.07

Home at Last?

What will most help homeless people reenter the fabric of society? Some say the answer is right there in the question: a home. This week, NOW investigates a program that secures apartments for the long-term homeless, even if they haven't kicked their bad habits. If you think that sounds crazy, think again. Advocates say this approach reduces costs, encourages self-help and counseling participation, and restores self-esteem.

The evidence seems to be with them, and the program is spreading to hundreds of cities across the country. NOW follows a man nicknamed 'Footie' who invited us to see this idea in action in New York City.

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Related Links:

» Pathways to Housing

» The New Yorker: "Million-Dollar Murray" by Malcolm Gladwell

» HUD: Homeless Advocacy Groups

» United States Interagency Council on Homelessness