Meet the man who is spending his Lent chained to a fence without food to highlight LA’s growing homeless crisis
“Hey, Mr. Deacon!” called out Kaleb Havens. The Catholic Worker was sitting up a little now in his chaise lounge-like reclining chair on skid row’s 5th Street, just a block up from Central Avenue in Los Angeles. But he was restricted by the heavy metal chain wrapped around his waist and attached to a wrought-iron fence.
The fence bordered the parking lot of the former Salvation Army’s Harbor Light residential facility, which took in the homeless. “Come have a seat. You want some coffee?”
The 71-year-old man in the tan jacket with “New York” across the front stopped and turned. “OK,” he said grinning.