Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Homeless Service Providers, Advocates, Faith Communities to Commemorate Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day – December 21, 2010
December 21, 2010
Adam Schneider – 410/215-8319
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The local commemoration is organized by SHARP, a coalition of City homeless service providers working to “Stop Homelessness And Reduce Poverty”, in partnership with Baltimore Congregations United. WYPR’s Dan Rodericks will lead the service, which will feature Hip Hop for the Homeless as well as speakers and musicians who have experienced homelessness.
“The holiday season provides a unique opportunity for affirmation and renewal regarding the commitment to end homelessness. It is important that we keep the cause of making homelessness in
Maryland a rare and brief occurrence a priority.” said Governor O’Malley in a proclamation commemorating December 21 Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day in . Maryland
“Many of these deaths are entirely preventable,” said
Jeff Singer, President & CEO of Health Care for the Homeless, Inc., who will join others to discuss the significance of the day from 5:00PM to 6:00PM on WEAA’s Marc Steiner Show. “The best way to honor those who died is to make comprehensive health care, affordable housing, and living wages our top priorities. Let us work together to build a future where there is no need to hold memorial services for people who die without housing – a future without homelessness.”
For over two decades, communities have observed National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on or about December 21 – the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. In 2010, more than 100 communities held events to draw attention to the tragedy of homelessness, to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our nation’s failure to address the problem, and to recommit to the important task of ending homelessness. At its last meeting of the year, the Baltimore City Council joined Mayor Rawlings-Blake in dedicating December 21 as Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day in
For additional information, contact
Adam Schneider at 410-215-8319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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