ProPublica and Frontline: The Right To Fail

Number 28302
Subject Housing
Source ProPublica/Frontline
State
Year 2018
Publication Date December 2018
Summary As part of a landmark 2014 settlement, hundreds of people with severe mental illness were moved from troubled group homes and into their own “supported housing” apartments. The idea was that, even if they had spent most of their lives in institutions, dependent on others for food, shelter and a medication regimen, a robust safety net of service providers would help them navigate independence. While many reporters have exposed problems at institutions, ProPublica’s Joaquin Sapien and Frontline’s Tom Jennings took an unprecedented look at what has been heralded as the solution — independent housing. They learned that though many are thriving, the sudden shift was sometimes perilous, especially for the most fragile residents.
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Keywords ProPublica, Frontline, independent housing, safety net, mental illness, food, shelter, medication
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