Obituaries and Memorials

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Street Sense’s newsroom is embarking on a collaborative project with two local advocacy organizations, The Way Home Campaign and The People for Fairness Coalition. Together, we seek to honor the lives and mark the passing of women and men in our community who die without the dignity of a home or whose lives are cut short while housed due to previously experiencing homelessness.

If a client or loved one from the D.C. homeless community does pass away, please be in touch with Eric Falquero from Street Sense ([email protected] | 202.347.2006 x 13) or Jesse Rabinowitz from Miriam’s Kitchen ([email protected] | 202.452.8926 x 246).

Street Sense Media will make a concerted effort to write memorials/obituaries for each of these individuals. The newspaper will lean on our advocate partners to learn of each person’s passing and each reporter will do their due diligence to speak with those close to the deceased friends, family and/or service provider staff to inform each article.

The Way Home Campaign intends to take this work a step further by sharing the obituaries with elected officials to alert them in real-time that individuals are living and dying on the streets of our nation’s capital.

The People for Fairness Coalition organizes an annual demonstration around the National Coalition for the Homeless’ annual vigil to honor the lives of people who have died without housing. They intend to cross-post the content generated by Street Sense on their own website as a digital “Vigil 365.”

In addition to these efforts, we seek the District government’s help in identifying lives lost to or cut short by homelessness.

We value the privacy and dignity of all individuals and families who have experienced homelessness and housing instability. As such, we will do our very best to ensure that stories are shared with permission and in collaboration with families and loved ones.

The most recent 20 obituaries and memorials are listed below. You can browse all obituaries here.

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