DEC 21, 2013–
For over two decades, communities across the country have observed National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on December 21 – the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. This year, we remembered over 100 people who lost their lives due to homelessness.
Health disparities facing people who are experiencing homelessness mean that those without homes are three to four times more likely to die prematurely than their housed counterparts. The Homeless Person’s Memorial service stands as an opportunity to recommit to ending the injustice of homelessness.
This year following the service, attendees walked to City Hall to deliver flowers symbolizing those who passed away this year, and then a procession to a park across from the City Shelter for community, music and remembering.