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Delivering on a promise of new hope

Aug 7, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Skid row's severe cases get off the streets and manage to keep their rooms, in most instances. But it takes political will and enormous effort by staff. And there are no smooth outcomes.

Everywhere Carrie Bach looked, there was cause for hope or its opposite. People were getting better and people were dying. They were inching toward trust and hiding in hypodermics. They were filling the air with prayer and fouling it with crack vapor. They were reclaiming a place in the human race and fleeing deeper into narcotic netherworlds. There were blackout drunks now lucid and blackout drunks still landing themselves in the emergency room.

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