Every year in January concerned citizens and housing and homeless service providers from across Vermont gather at the State House in Montpelier for a day to engage their representatives and senators and to renew the commitment to end homelessness in our state. This year, the annual Homelessness Awareness Day and Memorial Vigil will take place on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019.
7:30 – 9:00am Coffee & muffins, Cafeteria
7:30am – 2:30pm Legislative Awareness Day, Card Room
9:00 – 12 noon Committee testimony
12 noon Memorial Vigil & Speak-Out, State House Steps
1:00pm Reading of Legislative Resolution & Recognition of Homeless Service Providers & Advocates, House Gallery
The day will kick off early at 7:30am with coffee and muffins in the Cafeteria. This will be a great time to meet with your representatives and senators to discuss the good work you and your organization are doing. To make your time at the state house most effective, please be sure to reach out to lawmakers prior to the event to ask them to meet with you.
People will be present in the Card Room all morning and into the afternoon to educate lawmakers about the work being done around the state, about which strategies are working, and what still needs to be done to help end homelessness in Vermont. We will also have portraits from the Voices of Home project on display.
At Noon community members, elected officials, and advocates will take to the State House steps for the annual Memorial Vigil to remember our friends and neighbors who have died without homes, and to bring awareness of the struggles of those still searching for safe, affordable and secure housing.
At 1:00pm, please gather in the House Gallery to hear the reading of a resolution recognizing those experiencing homelessness and the work being done by homeless service providers and advocates.
For more information, contact Josh Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org), Rebeka Lawrence-Gomez (email@example.com) or Erhard Mahnke (firstname.lastname@example.org). Click here for the event flyer.
All the best for the holidays and hope to see you at the State House on January 16!