Little Rock, Ark -- Working 4 You highlighted the hundreds of homes across the capital city that are boarded up, falling down, and on the verge of being condemned.
Where some folks see obvious obstacles, others see opportunity.
A group of former felons trying to prevent crime in Little Rock's hot spots are putting forth an idea to take rundown properties And turn them into career pathways used to steer young adults away from a life of crime and give former felons an opportunity to leverage skills they learn in prison but have a hard time putting to good use.
"Let's clean these neighborhoods up", says Slim Parker, seeking to intervene Little Rock crime. "Give us some funds to work with to train some people and get them down here to build and work on these houses. Turn this back into something. "
Monday night at ten, Working 4 You explores the idea of this opportunity for the condemned that might fix not one community problem, but two, the draw of criminal life and crumbling community blocks.
Marci Manley talks to those who have seen it work in other cities, delves into the challenges of getting the effort off the ground, and why those who live outside these neighborhoods are impacted.
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