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

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


Local groups across the country are encouraged first to determine the number of homeless persons in theircommunity 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 thesuggested ways of remembering.  Some groups have read publicly a list of names of the deceased. Use #HomelessPersons’RemembranceDay to post on social media.


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


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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