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CHAS Health to Host Homeless Memorial in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wa. – CHAS Health will honor individuals who died while homeless this year at a Homeless Memorial event in Spokane on Wednesday, December 21, at 11:00 a.m. at the CHAS Health Denny Murphy Clinic. This annual tradition brings together local community partners and those committed to ending homelessness to raise awareness of the struggles and humanity of those in our community without a home.


The event will include speakers from the homeless community and those committed to ending homelessness as well as a tribute to the 144 people who died this year while experiencing homelessness.

In addition, the Homeless Memorial includes a visual representation of those members of our homeless community who have died this year with individual names placed on the fence outside the downtown CHAS Health Denny Murphy Clinic in Spokane, WA. The CHAS Health homeless outreach team will be passing out winter survival items to those without a home, and CHAS Health staff will be onsite to provide services to those who need care. CHAS Health employees have donated more than $11,000 and warm winter gear including gloves, socks, and sleeping bags to support members of our homeless community. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 11 a.m.
CHAS Health Denny Murphy Clinic: 1001 W. 2nd Avenue, Spokane, WA
Event open to public – Warm lunch will be provided

A similar event was held in Lewiston on Thursday, December 15, 2022.

Communities across the nation hold similar memorial events on or near the Winter Solstice, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember those who have died while living without a permanent home. Studies from countries around the world have confirmed a relationship between lack of housing and increased mortality rates. 


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