We are so grateful…
…to have your compassion for this special day to recognize and honor our neighbors who passed away in 2020 while experiencing homelessness on the streets of Maricopa County.
The pandemic continues to interfere with our ability to gather together but we knew how important it was for this day to still be recognized so please read through the page below, and join us in honoring our fellow neighbors.
Since 1990, National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day has been held around the country to bring attention to the plight of the nation’s vast and diverse homeless population, and to encourage the public to act on their behalf.
Studies have confirmed a relationship between a lack of housing and increased mortality rates. Homeless persons are 3-4 times more likely to die than the general population. On average, people with housing in the U.S. can expect to live to age 78, while our long-term homeless neighbors can expect to only live to about the age of 50. When they become sick or injured and they die on the street, their families often don’t know.
Our community has a responsibility to recognize the value and dignity of every one of our neighbors, whether housed or unhoused. Without this event, those who died on our streets would otherwise have received little or no recognition. This is especially poignant as we are seeing increasing numbers of senior citizens in our shelters.
We must focus on collective action to prevent unnecessary deaths among our homeless neighbors while also recognizing that every one of our neighbors deserves an opportunity to be honored and remembered. We thank you for your interest and compassion.
Please read through the following poems and videos below and engage in a moment of silence on your own to recognize the more than 500 names of those who have died on our streets this last year.
Central Arizona Shelter Services
230 S. 12th Avenue
Phoenix AZ 85007
PO Box 18250
Phoenix AZ 85005
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