BOSTON (AP) — Bostonians are pausing again this holiday season to remember the city’s homeless who died in 2014.
Homeless advocates, service providers and religious leaders said they plan to gather this Friday at the Church on the Hill for their 25th annual interfaith homeless memorial service.
Organizers say participants will light candles, read out the names of homeless known to have died this past year, and share reflections.
They say unofficial census counts of the homeless suggest that at this time last year, 7,255 people were living on the streets or in shelters. That was 3.8 percent more than the number counted in a December 2012 census.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors says Boston has more people living in shelters than in any of 25 major cities surveyed nationwide.