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An L.A. Program That Kobe Bryant Backed Is Giving Stable Homes to the Homeless and Mentally Ill

An L.A. program called Step Up on Second is driven by the philosophy that stable housing is the first step to changing the lives of people struggling with chronic homelessness and mental illness. The program, which was supported by Kobe Bryant before his death, operates a motel-turned-shelter that offers full studio apartments to the people it serves. Among those helped by this housing-first approach is 27-year-old Sunnie Walker.