[Hpn] National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day Thursday, December 21, 2000

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National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day
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Thursday, December 21, 2000

Since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) has
sponsored National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day on or near the first
day of winter to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness, and
to remember our homeless friends who have paid the ultimate price for
our nation's failure to address the issue.

In an effort to maximize the impact of the day, the NCH has encouraged
state and local groups to join in the effort. Hence, each year since
its inception, NCH has been joined by state and local groups across
the nation in holding special events to honor those who have died, and
to recommit ourselves to the task of ending homelessness.

Last year, over 70 cities across the nation sponsored events which
included candlelight marches and vigils, graveside services, plays and
other performances, and special religious services.

2000 Homeless Persons' Memorial Day - Thursday, December 21
NCH is encouraging groups in every city to plan a special event

What Can YOU Do?

1) Work with your local health department and/or health care for the
homeless program to identify the number of people who have died in
your community without an address. Try also to get people's names and
ages. Homeless advocates in San Francisco have developed a systematic
method for tracking the deaths of homeless persons. The results of
their 1996 project are described in The San Francisco Homeless Death
Review: Revised Preliminary Report 1996. This would be an excellent
project to replicate.

2) Plan a special event to honor those who have died. If there is a
health care for the homeless program in your community, we encourage
you to jointly develop the event.

3) Invite the media to your event if you feel comfortable doing so. If
not, hold a news conference or release a press statement giving
information on deaths and the needs in your community, as well as
highlighting the NCH report.

As you know, media coverage of homelessness is at its *highest* as
winter begins and during the holidays. National Homeless Persons'
Memorial Day provides a great opportunity to underscore how government
policies, or lack thereof, can cause harm to poor and homeless people.

What NCH Needs From You

1) Let us know ASAP if you are planning an event, even if it will not
be exactly on December 21.

2) Let us know if you want to release the NCH report in your
community, so we can make sure you get the press release, executive
summary or full report in time for your event.

3) Let us know the number of homeless people who have died in your
community.
[NCH would like that information, even if you are not planning an
event.]

For more information:
Please call Michael Stoops at NCH (202) 737-6444, ext. 311
or email him at micstoops@aol.com.

For a copy of the National Homeless Memorial Day - Organizing Manual
 go to: http://nch.ari.net/2000manual.html  with your browser.

National Coalition for the Homeless
1012 Fourteenth Street, NW, #600,
Washington, DC 20005-3410
Phone: 202.737.6444 | Fax: 202.737.6445
Send us e-mail: nch@ari.net


Sonny

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