Deceased homeless to be remembered at Virginia Beach vigil Wednesday

Candle Light Vigil
A candlelight vigil to remember people who died homeless will be held in Virginia Beach Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Elvert Barnes’ Flickr)

A candlelight vigil honoring the area’s homeless who have died will be held in Virginia Beach Wednesday at the Lighthouse Day Support Services Center, 825 18th St. It begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

In 2016 Virginia Beach had a homeless population of 439, with 50 people still living on the street and 389 receiving assistance from shelter programs, said Pam Shine, homeless programs coordinator with the city’s department of housing and neighborhood preservation.

The event will feature speakers representing the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission, Virginia Beach Police Department, Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, BEACH Governing Board, Housing & Neighborhood Preservation and the Lighthouse Center. Mayor Will Sessoms is slated to speak, too.

Shine said the public can bring new or gently-used twin size blankets, jeans, socks, hats, scarves, gloves and travel-size hygiene items to donate at the vigil. The items will be given to the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center to give to the homeless.

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