Close-cropped photo so a stack of white signs with black text on them
Orion Donovan-Smith

Every year, interfaith memorial services are held for people who have died while homeless in the nation’s capital and elsewhere. For the past four years, advocates have held a local vigil the night before the service to draw additional public attention to this event. Here is our local coverage of the fifth vigil:

Local activists mourn steady pace of homeless deaths in the District

More than a name: Demonstrators share their ties to Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

Advocates honor people who died homeless and lobby D.C. Council to protect survivors

Vendor Memorial: The Mysterious Masonic Mick

Through social media, we collaborated with other street papers to show how this day was observed throughout the country.