John Kelly: The Advocate

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John Kelly at the Los Angeles Mission, which offers beds and other services to the homeless. Photo: Aaron Fallon

John Kelly, a Vietnam vet from south central and recovered addict who spent 15 years on the streets, is outreach coordinator at the Los Angeles Mission. He helps people in need navigate the maze of available services.

“Why do you think people sleep on the streets? There’s no law against it downtown. It’s that simple,” he says.

This story is part of our series, Housed: Life on Skid Row. 

Comments

  1. Dawn Davis
    Sep 28, 2015, 8:57 am

    "Toxic Charity" - indeed - organizations of any kind coming to Skid Row to feed & clothe are making it easier for people to stay on the street and not surrender to the help they need. If food & clothing is delivered to me daily, I get my check, get my drugs...well, what is my incentive to leave the street? These organizations would better serve people by volunteering INSIDE of the missions.

  • “Toxic Charity” – indeed – organizations of any kind coming to Skid Row to feed & clothe are making it easier for people to stay on the street and not surrender to the help they need. If food & clothing is delivered to me daily, I get my check, get my drugs…well, what is my incentive to leave the street? These organizations would better serve people by volunteering INSIDE of the missions.