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“Homeless Memorial Day” Observance Set For Love Park

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Tuesday is “Homeless Memorial Day,” and hundreds are expected to gather in Love Park (JFK Plaza) on Tuesday at dusk to honor those who have died on the streets of Philadelphia this year.

For the past two decades, Homeless Memorial Day has been observed nationally on the first day of winter, to honor those who, according to Project HOME, have paid the ultimate price for the nation’s failure to address the issue of homelessness.

Mark Tripp, who was once homeless for more than two years, is now a volunteer for Project HOME.   He says many of the homeless on the streets of Philadelphia are so ill that sometimes even after they have a home, they are still not out of danger.

Tripp mentioned one example:  “He just passed away in February.  He went through two years of the shelter, got his apartment, and a week later he was deceased because of his health.  So it’s not easy getting your health back in order with the limited resources out there.”

Tripp says he hopes people use the Homeless Memorial Day to examine themselves and find a way that they can help.  The gathering is scheduled for 4:30-5:30 PM at the “Love” statue, 15th and JFK Boulevard.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060.

  • clifford williams

    The longer a person is homeless the harder the transition it takes the rebuilding of ones wellbing in order to be successful.

  • Mary Ann Parks

    @Concerned Citizen – it’s not about a “handout.” According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, “Homelessness and health care are intimately interwoven. Poor health is both a cause and a result of homelessness. The National Health Care for the Homeless Council (2008) estimates that 70% of Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) clients do not have health insurance. Moreover, approximately 14% of people treated by homeless health care programs are children under the age of 15 (National Health Care for the Homeless Council, 2008).”

    Many of the homeless are the working poor….struggling for stability, but stymied at every turn by low wages, lack of health care, and so many other factors that play into their situation. Unfortunately, the resources that *are* out there are limited at best

  • Concerned Citizen

    Many people, not only the homeless, cannot get health care because they have no insurance. Everyone should be responsible for themselves. Let’s start taking responsibility and stop looking for handouts.

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