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For Immediate Release:
December 13, 2016
Media Contact:
Liza Mozloom

Community invited to memorial service to remember 142 homeless and formerly homeless individuals who died in 2016

The Homeless Persons' Memorial Candlelight Vigil on December 16 honors a record number of deceased in Miami-Dade County

On Friday, December 16, 2016, The Homeless Persons Memorial Candlelight Vigil will be held to remember each of the 142 homeless and formerly individuals who passed away in 2016. This year makes one of the deadliest years for our homeless population since the memorial began in 2000.

“It’s important to remember just how critical the mission of helping people come off the streets is," said Ronald L. Book, Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. “The streets are dangerous and unforgiving. As a community we must do everything we can to make sure nobody has to live out there, not even for one night. We must work even harder to end homelessness in our community during the next year to assure that these numbers will never be repeated."

The causes of death for Miami-Dade’s street homeless population range from natural causes to illness to overdose to crime. The Homeless Persons’ Memorial Candlelight Vigil exists to remind our citizens that regardless of the reason, each of these individuals deserve a moment to be recognized.

The memorial service is being jointly coordinated by the Homeless/Formerly Homeless Forum, Inc., The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, and Miami Homes For All. This program is part of The National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day which formally takes place on December 22, the longest day of the year, to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness.

Homeless/Formerly Homeless Forum, Inc.
The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust
Miami Homes For All

Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil and Memorial Service
December 16, 2016, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
The Fountain at the West side of the Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street
Miami, FL 33128

Editor's Note:
Photo-op: Candlelight vigil, laying of wreath, moving rendition of “Taps.”