A solemn gathering is being planned at Barrie City Hall.
The Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness (SCATEH) will be hosting the 2nd annual Homelessness Memorial Service on Friday morning, in partnership with the David Busby Street Centre and Hospice Simcoe.
The average life expectancy of a person experiencing prolonged homelessness in Canada is 39 years, less than half the life expectancy of the average Canadian.
“Our community has committed to ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2024, which is a worthy and important goal,” notes SCATEH Barrie Chapter Co-Chair Jennifer van Gennip. “In the meantime, it is also important to recognize those who are dying as a result – either directly or indirectly – of precarious or unsuitable housing. This memorial is a chance for family, friends, and peers of those who have died to grieve, but also for us, as a community, to acknowledge that this is happening in our midst, stand together, and commit to positive change.”
The service is expected to start at 10:00 that morning and will include a moment of silence. The event is expected to last about 30 minutes. All are welcome to attend.