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.