Identifying and finding the hard-core homeless, then cajoling them to accept housing, proves a daunting challenge.
Mental illness, addiction and the ingrained survival habits learned on the street can make it hard to keep the homeless housed.
Even for a former high-flying businessman whose sharp decline had led to skid row, the housing project is no panacea.
The project succeeds with most, and many clients say it's saved their lives. But for others, old patterns are hard to shake.