A radical approach to homelessness in hundreds of cities. Does it work? This time on NOW.
What do homeless people most need to re-enter the fabric of society? Some say the answer is right there in the question: homes. On February 2 at 8:30 p.m., 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.
Note: The NOW website at www.pbs.org/now will provide additional coverage starting Friday morning, February 2. It will include a web-exclusive report about how some homeless earn a living on the street, and assumption-busting truths about America's homeless population.