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Homeless Memorial Day


From Newsworks

A crowd of two hundred gathered in Dilworth Park to memorialize Philadelphia's homeless last night.


From the Philadelphia Inquirer

Several hundred people endured a frigid late Thursday afternoon at Dilworth Park in Center City to remember 149 people who died in the last year who were homeless or formerly homeless.

Some held signs with the names of the dead:

Agnes Jefferson.

Jessica Darrah.

Major L. Fife IV.

Robert F. Schork.

2014 Homeless Memorial Day

As we approach the first official day of winter, hundreds of Philadelphians will gather to remember those homeless and formerly homeless Philadelphians who died in 2014 and to call for an end to homelessness.


The Philadelphia Homeless Memorial Day Planning Committee is reaching out to you to help gather the names of the women, men, and children that died in our community in 2014 (and since last year’s remembrance on 12/19/13). This year’s Homeless Memorial Day will take place on Thursday, December 18th. We hope you will join us.


On December 19, at the annual Philadelphia Homeless Memorial Day service, one of the persons who was being remembered was Roosevelt Darby. Roosevelt , who passed away in 2012, was a long-time advocate, who used his own experience of homelessness as a fuel to empower others to overcome their struggles. Dainette Mintz, the City of Philadelphia's Director of the Office of Supportive Housing, knew Roosevelt well and worked closely with him for many years. At the Homeless Memorial Day service, she shared this beautiful remembrance of Roosevelt.


Nhakia Outland is a graduate student in social work at Temple University. She is interning with Project HOME’s Education and Advocacy Department. She was one of the main organizers of the 2011 Homeless Memorial Day service.


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