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NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS’ REMEMBRANCE DAY – First Day of Winter

National Homeless Persons' Remembrance Day - First Day of Winter

NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS’ REMEMBRANCE DAY

National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day is observed annually on the first day of Winter.

Because of media attention to such issues increases during the holiday season in December, National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day was in part created to garner a public forum for this issue, and local groups are encouraged to seek out and work with their local media outlets to publicize the event.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Local groups across the country are encouraged first to determine the number of homeless persons in their community who died in the previous year and then arrange a ceremony to remember them. Candlelight marches, vigils, graveside services, plays and performances, religious services, and public policy advocacy are the suggested ways of remembering.  Some groups have read publicly a list of names of the deceased. Use #HomelessPersons’RemembranceDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council have sponsored National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day to bring attention to the plight of the nation’s homeless population and to encourage the public to act on their behalf.

CONTACTS:
National Coalition for the Homeless
2201 P St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
202-462-4822; fax: 202-462-4823

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DATES
December 21, 2019
Check back in 2031 for a date change. 

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