D'Andre is 19 and homeless, and that's why we're not using his last name. We're sitting on comfortable brown velvet sofas in the socializing area of Promise Place, an emergency youth shelter in Capitol Heights, Md.—the first of its kind in over a decade. There's a large flat-screen TV; no popcorn yet, but D'Andre doesn't mind.
"It's amazing. I couldn't believe it before my eyes. I think I would never want to leave," D'Andre says. "This looks better than peoples' homes."