On the 9th November there was a beautiful service at St Martin’s where we remembered the lives of over 170 homeless people who died in London during the last year. It was extremely well attended and everyone joined to pay respects to people who died either after moving into accommodation or whilst still homeless. The theme was the Invitation, Revd. Richard Carter explains:
“This year’s service focused on the theme of the “Invitation”. A home is not a luxury for the rich- it’s something every single human being should have. Everyone should be invited inside and no one should have to sleep outside on the streets or on buses or simply be walking all night to keep warm. Housing is a human right but far too many people are unable to find affordable housing and more and more people are trying to survive on the streets. The sad statistics show that many struggle and there are tragically those who do not survive. The average life expectancy for someone who is homeless is 47 rather than 77 years.”
There were some readings and songs by Streetwise Opera and the Choir with no Name followed by a reception at The Connection.
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The press release is available here