Dec. 21 is National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. The annual event, which is commemorated in over 150 cities and counties across the United States on the first day of winter, will be a call to action to end homelessness in the city and nation. Advocates, service providers, homeless people, formerly homeless people, religious leaders and concerned citizens will honor the lives and dreams of homeless men and women who died this year and will renew their commitment to end homelessness.

In New York, a service is being held at the New Song Church, located at 2230 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (Eighth Avenue) between 120st and 121st streets, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The program is open to all and will include entertainment and refreshments.

Since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless has sponsored National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on the first day of winter to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember homeless citizens who have passed.