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Sunday
Jan062013

Family Homelessness on the Rise; NEOCH Remembers those Who Passed Away

               The 26th Annual Homeless Memorial Day will take place on December 21, 2012 at St. Malachi Social Hall 2459 West 25th St.  at 7:00 p.m. at the Hunger Center (Enter off of Main Street or from the parking lot behind the church). This year the candlelight vigil will feature State Representative Nickie Antonio as our guest speaker along with three religious leaders.  Media are welcome to attend and photograph the memorial/vigil.  This last year we have seen a sharp increase in families who have become homeless.  We have seen a sharp increase in the number of families that have become homeless this year, and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District has 2,400 homeless children who attended school this last semester.   NEOCH will read the names of those who passed away over the last year at the Candlelight Vigil.

               Joining with other cities throughout the state and country, the Cleveland vigil will include an memorial service from three local pastors from the Christian faith.  In 2009, Ohio legislators designated December 21 as Ohio Homeless Memorial Day. Every big city in Ohio has a similar vigil to remember those who have passed away over the previous year.   We have seen a sharp increase over the last four years in families and both of the big shelters in Cleveland are seeing issues of overflow. Locally, we have seen tightening budgets at the same time the need for shelter, food and services have increased dramatically.   We will read the names of those who passed away and had some experience with homelessness.

           If you’d like more information about the event, or you would like to schedule an interview with Brian Davis, please call NEOCH at 216/432-0540 or email Brian Davis at neoch@neoch.org.