Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day
The National Coalition for the Homeless, the National Consumer Advisory Board and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council encourage communities to host public events on or near December 21 remembering your neighbors who have died homeless in the past year.
These events are opportunities to come together as a community and show respect for those who have died while experiencing the tragedy of homelessness, but are also opportunities to educate. Please review the resources below for ideas and to find organizations in your community who have been involved in the past.
Video: The Death of Walter Smith
Walter Smith was one of the 45 people who died homeless in 2014 in Cincinnati, OH. This is an increase from 16 who died in 2005. The number of homeless deaths is on the increase and the reason is clear: there is a lack of affordable housing, a lack of access to substance and alcohol abuse treatment facilities, and a lack of affordable and accessible mental health care. Like many persons who die while homeless, Walter’s death was preventable. Learn more about the life of Walter Smith here.
- National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Organizing Manual
- Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Event Planning Checklist
- List of Local Memorial Day Events 2013
- Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Poster | color
- Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Poster | black & white
- Protecting the Unprotected: A Survey of Violence Experienced While Homeless | National HCH Council, National Consumer Advisory Board (poster presentation)
- Vulnerable to Hate: A Survey of Hate Crimes and Violence Committed Against Homeless People in 2013 | National Coalition for the Homeless | June 2014
- Homelessness and Health: What’s the Connection? | National HCH Council | June 2011
- Handout: The Hard, Cold Facts About the Deaths of Homeless People
- Premature Mortality in Homeless Populations | 2005 Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Report