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February 5, 1997 | DEBORAH BELGUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To understand where Dennis Norris is going, you have to understand where he's been. For four years, he said, he lived in a dilapidated tent or a beat-up cardboard box on the grimy streets of San Pedro, nurturing a heroin habit that was slowly unraveling his ability to survive. When times were really tough and food was scarce, he'd dive into trash bins to forage for a tidbit. In 1991, he lost his job in a hotel bar to a toxic mix of booze and drugs.
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August 3, 2003 | Allison Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
Army veteran Jerry Ford used to be unemployed, homeless and alone on the streets of Los Angeles. "I got involved with crack cocaine," he said bluntly. Ford sought treatment for his drug addiction through the Veterans Administration, but after he completed a 90-day program, he still had nowhere to sleep. A caseworker referred Ford to the fledgling L.A. Vets transition program in Inglewood, where he was given housing, counseling and career guidance.
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