Here's an interesting premise for an upcoming book:
In a test of the American Dream, Adam Shepard started life from scratch with the clothes on his back and twenty-five dollars. Ten months later, he had an apartment, a car, and a small savings.
It is an intriguing experiment in the domains of charity, captialism, and attitude. It is, however, possible to read far too much into it. Although choices that people make contribute greatly to homelessness, in my experience, depression and despair (two factors that would not impact Shepard) help keep the homeless impoverished from climbing out of the abyss.