Homeless Memorial March December 20

Homelessness in Minneapolis has been in the news, of course, as hundreds of people have been living in tents for months along Hiawatha Avenue, and the City of Minneapolis, tribal leaders and other organizations are now helping some folks move into transitional “navigation centers”, which are long, heated tents that can shelter about 40 people each.

 

The experience of living without a home through a Minnesota winter, however, is much broader than the snowy cluster of tents might lead us to believe, and the Wilder Foundation has estimated that 15,000 people might be living without a home on any night in Minnesota.

Many of our fellow Minnesotans in these conditions don’t make it through the year alive.

Robert Hofmann is with Simpson Housing Services, which helps organize a homeless memorial march and service of remembrance each December; he recently joined KFAI's Paul Brohaugh to talk about the march. (listen here)

The march will be Thursday, December 20th this year, starting at 5 pm at the Hennepin County Government Center (5th St. and 3rd Ave. downtown Minneapolis) and will move west on 5th Street to Nicollet, then south on Nicollet about 3 miles to 28th Street, ending with a service of remembrance at 6:30 at Simpson United Methodist Church (2740 1st Ave. S, Mpls).

Participants are invited to park and shuttle from near the church from 4:00 to 4:20 at the K-Mart parking lot, which is at 10 W. Lake Street.

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