On December 21, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council will co-sponsor the 19th annual National Homeless Memorial Day.
Local and statewide organizations across the country will host events to mourn community members who died this year on the streets or in emergency shelters. Thousands of lives cut short because we don’t have adequate policies and programs to prevent homelessness or to provide homeless people with essential services and a safe, stable place to live.
The D.C. Homeless Memorial Day event will begin at 7:00 PM in the plaza outside Union Station. It’s an opportunity for those of us who live in the District to raise awareness of the ongoing, wasteful tragedies of homelessness in our community.
It’s also an opportunity to demonstrate support for more effective, better-funded programs to meet the immediate needs of homeless people and address the root causes of homelessness, including the affordable housing crisis. What with recent budget cuts and more on the horizon, the message couldn’t be more timely.