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Santa Barbara homeless advocate Ken Williams dies

Posted at 4:16 AM, Jun 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-14 07:16:08-04

Santa Barbara social worker Ken Williams, who helped countless homeless people over the years, has passed away. 

KSBY spoke with Williams in 2006 as he helped give about 300 homeless people sidewalk heath check-ups. 

In 2005, he started the Healthy Neighbors Program which provided the homeless with free flu shots, tetanus shots, tuberculosis and H.I.V. tests. His goal was to offer preventative health care. 

Williams helped convince hundreds of people living on the streets of Santa Barbara to get checked out. 

"I got tired to seeing people die," Williams told KSBY in 2006. "People would come in really sick and give the sickness to each other."

The Los Angeles Times reports Williams died in hospice care on Sunday. He had blood cancer. 

Ken Williams was 67-years-old.