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Albuquerque pays homeless people to work. Could LA do the same?




Sylvia Welker feeds the pigeons on Skid Row in Los Angeles. There are currently 47,000 homeless people in and around Los Angeles.
Sylvia Welker feeds the pigeons on Skid Row in Los Angeles. There are currently 47,000 homeless people in and around Los Angeles.
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According to the latest count, there are nearly 47,000 homeless people living unsheltered in Los Angeles County. 

Reducing homelessness is a vexing problem with few easy answers. But the city of Albuquerque may have stumbled onto a promising solution.

They're putting those living on the streets to work through a program called "There's a Better Way."

Kellie Tillerson, director of housing and employment at the non-profit St. Martin's Hospitality Center in New Mexico, joined Take Two to explain how the program works and whether it could be replicated in other cities like LA.