During the 1980s, those of us who served as pastors of urban churches witnessed a rapidly growing number of people living on the streets. At the same time, it became harder to help people get help. Many of us, in our frustration, began advocating for more shelters to help get people off of the street.
In Philadelphia where I was a pastor at the time, whenever there were hearings or meetings, Roy Leeds always seemed to show up. Roy was a homeless veteran who lived in shelters.