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For Immediate Release:
December 15, 2015
Media Contact:
Quincy O'Bryan
Quincy.obryan@themnetwork.com
954-937-7445

Candlelight vigil honors homeless individuals who passed away in 2015

National "Homeless Persons' Memorial Day," Friday, December 18, honors individuals who died homeless this year


On Friday, December 18, 2015, Miami-Dade County will join more than 150 cities nationwide in hosting a "National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day" event with a candlelight vigil and memorial service. The vigil will be held at the Stephen P. Clark Center fountain in Downtown Miami and will include reading the names of 95 homeless individuals who passed away in Miami-Dade County over the past 12 months.

The memorial service is being jointly coordinated by the Homeless/Formerly Homeless Forum, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that was established in 1993 to promote solutions to the problems facing families and individuals, homeless and formerly homeless, living on the streets of Miami-Dade County, the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, the agency responsible for implementing the "continuum of care" system of homeless housing and services in the community, and the Miami Coalition for the Homeless, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 1985 to promote community efforts to prevent and end homelessness in South Florida.

National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day takes place on or near the first day of winter to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness.

Event: National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil and Memorial Service

Time & Date: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 18, 2015

Location: Stephen P. Clark Center (the fountain at the west side of the building), 111 NW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33128

Photo-Ops: Candlelight vigil, laying of wreath, moving rendition of "Taps"