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There's no question homelessness has been one of the most important issues for L.A. this decade. That's why @tcurwen and @francineorr spent 18 months following a group of homeless people as they were moved into housing.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-08-15/the-street-within-part-one-big-mama-neighbors-face-homelessness 

The group, all neighbors on Broadway Place south of downtown L.A., were being moved as part of a program called Encampment to Home which targeted entire encampments, moving their residents en masse into supportive housing.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-08-15/the-street-within-part-two-broadway-place-homeless-residents-struggle 

The transition into apartments took longer than expected and though the new residents were thrilled to have their own apartments, adjusting to traditional housing was easier said than done.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-08-15/the-street-within-part-three-homeless-people-find-apartment-life-difficult 

Thought the Encampment to Home program was lauded as a success, months after arriving, the people who had been moved off the streets and into new apartments continued to struggle. One would be kicked out and forced to live on the streets again.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-08-15/the-street-within-part-four-moving-homeless-encampment-off-streets 

When the original series was published in August, @tcurwen wrote about what he a learned in 18 months of reporting:

“Dreaming isn’t always easy. It means putting aside the trauma and the disappointments of the past and imagining a new life.”


Tom and Francine haven’t stopped reporting. Recently, they revisited Broadway Place, where, after just 6 months in housing, two formerly homeless people returned to their encampments and are again homeless.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-29/street-within-broadway-place-homeless-los-angeles 

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