Once a year, on the longest, darkest night of the year, Homeless Memorial Day is observed.
The winter solstice was chosen for this observance precisely because it can be so bleak; reminding us of the bleakness of life without a home. Last year over 175 communities across the United States had some ceremony or program to mark Homeless Memorial Day.
You’re invited to join us this year in remembering people who died without a home in New York City and to hear about being homeless in New York City and how we can end homelessness as we know it. Please come to our Homeless Memorial Day program starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 21st, at New Song Church, 2230 Frederick Douglas Boulevard (8th Avenue), between 120th and 121st Street, in Harlem.
We think you’ll find the program interesting and inspiring. It’ll include food, music, art, entertainment, and a moving ceremony remembering people who passed away in 2013 without a home in New York City. There will also be tables with information on consumer information and banking, voter registration, health education and more.
You’ll also be hearing why it doesn’t have to be like this – how public policy helped create mass homelessness and how better policies can end modern day homelessness.
We hope to see you there.