National Homeless Persons Remembrance Day
National Homeless Person’s Remembrance Day is a holiday that’s observed on the first day of winter each year to remember homeless people who have died during the previous year. It’s also a day to remember not how those people have died but to remember how they lived their lives.
Although the homeless face challenges all year round, the winter months pose a particularly dangerous period of time for them. It becomes harder for homeless people to find shelter during the winter months—often with tragic consequences. And that’s why it’s important for everyone to observe this holiday and raise awareness about the challenges that the homeless face.
The History Of National Homeless Person’s Remembrance Day
This holiday was originally founded in 1990 by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. This holiday was created to bring the public’s attention to the challenges faced by the homeless population of the United States and to encourage people to do something to help the homeless.
Facts About Homelessness In The U.S
Below are some horrifying facts about homelessness in the United States. By highlighting the following facts, we hope that we can motivate people to stand up for the homeless and do what’s right for them.
- The U.S homeless population could fill five football stadiums.
- Every year, 2.5 million children face homelessness.
- One in every 30 children in the U.S faces homelessness.
- More than half of homeless veterans have a physical or mental disability.
- Homelessness can reduce a person’s life expectancy by up to 30-years.
- According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, over 57,000 veterans are homeless every night.
- Anyone can become homeless.
Observing National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day
On this day, all across the U.S., organizations determine how many homeless have died the previous year and then hold services for them. These services include candlelight vigils, wreath-laying ceremonies, religious services, and marches.
Organizations also bring to the public’s attention how many homeless die each year so the public can be proactive and help to protect the homeless who are still alive and struggling.