A photo of votive candles.

Street Sense’s newsroom is embarking on a collaborative project with two local advocacy organizations, The Way Home Campaign and The People for Fairness Coalition. Together, we seek to honor the lives and mark the passing of women and men in our community who die without the dignity of a home or whose lives are cut short while housed due to previously experiencing homelessness.

If a client or loved one from the D.C. homeless community does pass away, please be in touch with Eric Falquero from Street Sense (eric@streetsense.org | 202.347.2006 x 13) or Jesse Rabinowitz from Miriam’s Kitchen (jesse.rabinowitz@miriamskitchen.org | 202.452.8926 x 246).

Street Sense will make a concerted effort to write memorials/obituaries for each of these individuals. The newspaper will lean on our advocate partners to learn of each person’s passing and each reporter will do their due diligence to speak with those close to the deceased friends, family and/or service provider staff to inform each article.

The Way Home Campaign intends to take this work a step further by sharing the obituaries with elected officials to alert them in real time that individuals are living and dying on the streets of our nation’s capital.

The People for Fairness Coalition organizes an annual demonstration around the National Coalition for the Homeless’ annual vigil to honor the lives of people who have died without housing. They intend to cross-post the content generated by Street Sense on their own website as a digital “Vigil 365.”

In addition to these efforts, we seek the District government’s help in identifying lives lost to or cut short by homelessness.

We value the privacy and dignity of all individuals and families who have experienced homelessness and housing instability. As such, we will do our very best to ensure that stories are shared with permission and in collaboration with families and loved ones.

Friends gathered on April 6 to celebrate the life of the late George Siletti, advocate for the homeless for many years. With the help of kind people he overcame his own three-decade battle with homelessness.
Stacey McCormick, a former resident of Open Arms Housing who died at 52, is remembered for her artistic talent and impact on others.
Timothy Ray, who died at age 51 in December, was generous, hardworking and deeply committed to his faith and friends.
Street Sense honors the life of Enzel Sudler-- a car enthusiast, comedian and beloved member of the homeless community who passed away in Oct. 2016.
Street Sense remembers beloved artists and vendor Kanell Washington, also known as Kenneth Ward.
A memorial honoring Larry Avents, a D.C. man who had been experiencing homeless for 20 years. He passed away in August of 2016, and is remembered fondly by those who knew him.
Weldon Moore, a man who lived on the streets for 15 years and could quote the Bible from memory passed away three weeks ago after losing a four-month battle with pancreatic cancer at age 55. Friends recounted Moore's struggle and his dedication to Christianity at a memorial at Franklin Square park last Sunday.