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DELRAY HONORS THE LIVES OF HOMELESS RESIDENTS DURING NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSON’S MEMORIAL DAY EVENT

Post Date:12/17/2019 11:19 AM

Each day, the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness are put at risks simply by being homeless. On December 21, Delray Beach will take part in the National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day. The event raises awareness about the issues surrounding homelessness, honors those who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness, and pays tribute to those who lost their lives in 2019 due to homelessness.

5PM, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019
Libby Wesley Plaza,
2 SW 5th Ave, Delray Beach

The names of homeless individuals who died in 2019 will be read aloud during the memorial. Attendees are encouraged to share their own stories and memories. City staff, along with employees from Senator Philip D Lewis Center Family Homelessness, Family Promise of South Palm Beach County, and volunteers involved with the Delray Beach Homeless Initiative, will be hosting the event which is free to the public.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, people who experience homelessness have a significantly shorter life expectancy. They are more susceptible to infections and chronic illness. They also have a greater risk of developing substance abuse issues and mental health. Homeless people are more likely to become victims of violent crime and approximately a third of all reported acts of violence against the homelessness are fatal.

For more information, please contact Ezra M Krieg, Chairperson, Delray Beach Homeless Initiative at 954-260-8838 or ezrakrieg@yahoo.com.

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