updated 6/8/2004 5:21:02 PM ET 2004-06-08T21:21:02

MSNBC's "No Place Like Home," a one-hour documentary that premiered on Sunday, Oct. 19th, 10-11 p.m. (ET) traces the lives of four San Diego families as they struggle to survive after they go from being average working-class families, to living on the streets with no means of support.

"This is an emotional story," says Scott Hooker, Executive Producer, Longform Programming, MSNBC.  "The families MSNBC profiled faced extraordinary challenges and heartbreaking situations every day. What's important for others to realize is that these families were once just like them, but now they struggle just to survive."

Over one million children in the U.S. are homeless. More than 20 percent of homeless children do not attend school and lack access to health care, putting them at a greater risk of chronic illness. Many homeless families move from one shelter to the next, trying to find their way back to a normal life. Their plights range from lack of affordable housing, to job layoffs, to illness and substance abuse.

For nearly a year, MSNBC went behind the scenes capturing the harsh realities and dangerous obstacles that these four families face. "No Place Like Home" is an intensely personal glimpse at these families' lives, revealing how desperate they are for the most basic provisions: shelter and a means to live.

"No Place Like Home" was produced and directed by Bonnie Strauss. Scott Hooker is Executive Producer, Longform Programming for MSNBC.

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