Anderson Cooper, Steve, Luwana and their children

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Anderson's next stop in Detroit was the Doorstep Shelter where he met Steve, Luwana and their three children. They moved into the shelter in August of 2005, and this is the first time they've ever been homeless. Luwana, who used to work for the city government, admits that she and Steve mismanaged money in the past, but now they spend each day searching for jobs and have learned from their mistakes.

In order to take his children to school each morning, Steve sells his blood plasma, which gives him enough money to gas up the family car. He gets plasma taken twice every week—they'll pay him $20 for the first donation and $25 for the second.
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FROM: Oprah Special Report: Inside the Lives of America's Poor
Published on October 12, 2005

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