Profiting from the Desperate

 

My colleague, Mona El-Naggar and I followed Danny Puff for months as he tried to get his life on track after leaving prison. New York City attempts to set up programs and offers living and housing allowances for people like Danny, giving him a chance to get out of the old situations that can get them back into trouble.
Unfortunately for Danny, he came into contact with one of the most ruthless and corrupt landlords in New York City. Landlords take advantage of the housing allowances stuffing people into a system of  three-quarter-housing.

 

The story was a lesson for me in how difficult it is to navigate the line between journalist and source; how do you stay behind a camera when someone could obviously use so much more from you?