Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day 2018

Join Union County and Other Counties Across NJ Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

Friday, December 21, 2018 is 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.

National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day takes place each year on the longest night of the year, December 21st. The 2018 National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day will take place on Thursday, December 21st.

A Homeless Memorial Day event in your community can take place anytime around December 21. This year, Monarch Housing is joining with partners in Union County to hold the 3rd annual Union County Homeless Vigil on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1430 Park Avenue in Plainfield. Are all welcome to attend!

Other New Jersey communities that have held Memorial Day events in the past include:

  • Atlantic,
  • Bergen,
  • Camden,
  • Cumberland,
  • Essex,
  • Hudson,
  • Mercer and
  • Middlesex Counties.

As Homeless Memorial Day gets closer, we will post an up to date list with the details of Memorial Day events happening across the state.

Anyone can coordinate an event including advocates, service providers, organizations, homeless and formerly homeless individuals/families, religious leaders, city representatives, students, and concerned citizens.

Click here to download the official organizing manual to see how you can participate.

In an effort to maximize the impact of the day, Monarch Housing joins the National Coalition for the Homeless in encouraging local and statewide organizations to hold memorials for those who have died while homeless in their communities. You and your community can memorialize those that have passed by holding a:

  • Candlelight/Silent march
  • Vigil
  • Graveside service
  • Play/Performance
  • Special religious service
  • Public policy advocacy event

When organizing your event, you may also consider:

  • Determining how many homeless persons have died during the previous year in your community.
  • There is no official tracking of homeless deaths in most communities, so start now to collect the names of those who die.
  • Work with people who are homeless, service providers, and public officials to compile as complete a list as possible.
  • Remembering your friends, family members, and neighbors by sharing their stories.
  • Obtaining a proclamation from your local and/or state governmental body. You will find sample proclamations in our Organizing Manual.
  • Letting the National Coalition for the Homeless and Kate Kelly at Monarch Housing know in advance the logistics for your event. This allows us to alert the national and local media of events happening locally.
  • Tweeting about your event with #HomelessMemorial.
  • Once the event is over, let the National Coalition for the Homeless know how it went, list of names read, how many attended and any media coverage.
  • As sponsors with over twenty years of experience, please let us know if we can provide any additional information, help or advice.

Organizing Manual

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