Vigil in Virginia Beach honors those who died homeless

Posted at 5:44 PM, Dec 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-22 17:44:59-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Friday marked National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day.

In Virginia Beach, advocates for the homeless community honored people who died without a home. 

News 3 Photojournalist Michael Woodward took us inside the vigil.

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On the longest night of the year and the first official day of winter, communities across the nation gathered to commemorate the lives of the men and women who have died homeless.

"Housing is a basic human right for all, and this annual vigil serves as a powerful reminder that precious lives are still being lost due to homelessness," said Teresa Stanley, Virginia Beach Human Rights Commissioner. "It is a hopeful sign of great progress for us to be gathering for this annual vigil for the first time at the new Housing Resource Center, which provides an integrated array of services offered by the full community working together to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring in our city."

According to a federal government report more than 6,000 people in Virginia are homeless.