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Dogged efforts hit stubborn patterns of homelessness

Aug 3, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Getting the hard-core denizens of the streets into housing is just the first step. Mental illness, addiction and the ingrained survival habits learned on skid row can make it hard to keep them there.

Bobby Livingston couldn't sleep. The indoor quiet was unnerving, the softness of his mattress all wrong. For weeks after moving into Room 216 at the Senator Hotel, he found comfort only on a hard tile floor that felt reassuringly like the pavement.