Hundreds of people have died prematurely because of the many dangers associated with not having a safe place to call home.
Each year, Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness takes time to remember those we have lost with a memorial service.
The Homeless Memorial Service has become an annual event in Edmonton to take time to honour, grieve and remember relatives, friends and acquaintances from our community who have passed as a direct or indirect result of not having a home or having inadequate housing.
This year's memorial service takes place Wednesday June 26th.
The service will start at Boyle Street Community Services (10116 105 Ave) at 2pm. Following the service, there will be a short walk to the Homeless Memorial site located on 100 Street and 103 A Avenue (in front of the CN Tower) for a final commemoration.
The Homeless Memorial space holds a sculpture that was created by local sculptors Keith Turnbull and Ritchie Velthius, with the participation of a number of artists who know the experience of homelessness.
The design is a large doorway with a person sitting in front of it. Small tiles mounted around the edges of the door represent ideas by the participating artists about why having a home is important.
Everyone is welcome to attend.