A group of people in Rapid City who know what it means to be homeless say they need more support from city organizations and local churches.
The Black Hills chapter of the Urban Warrior Society organized the rally at the Memorial Park Bandshell. Members say they feel homeless people in the community are negatively portrayed and treated as if they're less than human.
The group also accused local churches and other religious organizations of failing to adequately support the community's homeless. The group's leader says city leaders are ignoring the problem.
"The homeless are here. They're not invisible. Everyone tries to ignore them. I've been homeless before, numerous times throughout my life, and it's just a really hard thing to do. It's very shameful. And for people to just turn away, is really upsetting," said Lisa Selwyn, Black Hills chapter leader of the United Urban Warrior Society.