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Pastor Gilford Monrose, a volunteer for the Department of Homeless Services survey count, speaks with a man at the Borough Hall subway station in the Brooklyn borough of New York February 10, 2015. Thousands of volunteers fanned out across New York before dawn on Tuesday to conduct the city's yearly homeless survey, trying to count the people who wander the sidewalks all night, sleep in subways for warmth or slip into the shadows to avoid being seen.
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A helping hand for a thorny problem.
ACTUALITY

Podcast: The new thinking on how we can solve homelessness

By Tim Fernholz

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.

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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.

Actuality is a podcast jointly produced by Quartz and Marketplace, hosted by Tim Fernholz and Sabri Ben-Achour. Follow Actuality on Twitter, and let us know what you think of the show!

Tim Fernholz
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