At 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Homeless Services Network will again coordinate the ceremony and the public is encouraged to come out and participate.
The name of each person, known to be homeless, who has died in the year will be read aloud, and a candle will be lit in their honor. The organization Homeless Helping Homeless is helping to lead the vigil.
Persons who are homeless and the staff of area service providers for the homeless will take part in the vigil. Employees representing Mecklenburg County Community Support Services and its Homeless Support Services division plan to participate. The event will take place outside the County's Homeless Resource Center at 618 N. College Street in Charlotte, N.C. The vigil will move inside the HRC if it rains.
A snapshot of Mecklenburg County's homeless population reveals the number to be more than 5,000 at any given time, according to homeless resource officials with Mecklenburg County. The population makeup includes individuals and familes with children.
November is National Homeless Awareness Month
For more information about the services and programs provided by Mecklenburg County government to help persons who are homeless, visit the Communtiy Support Services Web page