This week, Actuality examines a New York idealist’s battle to win homeless people the right to shelter in the 1970s—and why modern reformers have more ambitious plans to help those left behind when the rent is too high.
Plus, a miracle exercise pill—really.
This episode is based on Marketplace reporter Noel King’s story about Robert Hayes and the Right to Shelter. We also talk to Mario Gonzalez, a homeless shelter monitor who works with the Coalition for the Homeless, and Maria Foscarinis, the executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. Our surprising discovery was unearthed by Quartz’s Olivia Goldhill.