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EDAR Clip from Feb 16th

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[♪CBS News theme music♪] This is the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. [♪theme music continues♪] Good evening. Katie is off tonight. Finally tonight, when we think of the housing crisis-- --it's people struggling to avoid foreclosure. But there's another housing crisis-- --people with no place to live but the street. In Los Angeles, Ben Tracy reports they've found at least a temporary solution-- --a roof on wheels. A long day on Los Angeles' Skid Row is about to turn into an even longer night. What is it like down here? Well, this is a beast unlike anything I've ever seen before. Montgomery Garnett has lived on the streets here for nearly 3 years. [man shouting] Get on the bus! He says those who don't get on a bus to nearby shelters face a cold, hard reality. I've got to check out. It's just bodies lying all over the street. So when night falls, everyone finds their spot. They're going to spend the night over there. That's where they're going to spend the night--on the sidewalk. Montgomery used to sleep on the concrete-- --until this landed on his sidewalk. It's basically a portable bed, which is nice. It's off the ground. It's a cart by day that doubles as a mini camper at night. It's called EDAR. Everyone Deserves a Roof. Hollywood producer Peter Samuelson helped create the mobile shelter-- --a much-needed idea in Los Angeles County, where 73,000 people are homeless-- --yet there are less than 21,000 beds in shelters. How do we go to bed at night knowing that there are men and women and small children-- --sleeping on pieces of cardboard lying on damp concrete? So far, 60 EDARs have been made at this shopping cart factory in Los Angeles. [machinery sounds] They cost $500 each. The goal is to raise enough money to make 10,000 more by the end of this year. I'm off to my EDAR. Some are sent to shelters to use as overflow beds. Typing is something that I have to practice. Brenda Gardenhire is teaching herself new skills in the hopes of finding a job. This is my little, portable home, my little apartment. She now has someplace to call home. I'm so happy I have it. I'm like, "Don't ever go. It's me and you." [laughs] [siren] At night, the EDAR helps Montgomery Garnett sleep easier-- --and during the day, he can't help but show it off. This is the first step in me fulfilling the American dream-- --which is getting my own home, so this is a start. [laughs] A push in the right direction. Ben Tracy, CBS News, Los Angeles. That's the CBS Evening News. Katie will be back tomorrow. I'm Harry Smith, and I'll see you in the morning on The Early Show. Good night. [♪CBS News theme music♪]

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Duration: 2 minutes and 57 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Views: 428
Posted by: zad on Feb 17, 2009

EDAR Clip from Feb 16th, for Peter

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