From the Harford County Health Department:
The local observance of National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day will be held this year on Thursday, December 19th from 12:00 to 1:30pm. The event will take place outside of the Bel Air Armory in the park located at 41 N. Main Street in Bel Air.
People experiencing homelessness are three to four times more likely to die prematurely than their sheltered counterparts, according to a study released by National Health Care for the Homeless Council. In remembrance of those who have died too early as a result of their homelessness, communities across the nation have observed National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day for the past three decades.
Initiated by Harford County’s Health Care for the Homeless Project (HCH) in 2007, this will be the seventh year that Harford County will be participating in the national recognition of Homeless Persons Memorial Day. The Hope in Action Ministry has joined the local homeless care provider in participating and promoting this year’s event. All community members, service providers, and consumers are encouraged to attend this important gathering.
The Health Care for the Homeless program is a collaboration between Harford County Health Department and Upper Chesapeake’s HealthLink Primary Care Clinic to provide medical care and case management services to homeless individuals.
Members of the general public who are aware of individuals who passed away this year without a secure place to stay, or those interested in additional information on Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day or homeless resources, should please contact Kristle Fullerton, LCSW-C at the Harford County Health Department at 410-638-3060 by December 16th.