Thirty-eight homeless people died in Mecklenburg County last year.
On Tuesday, the Homeless Services Network paid tribute to them at the county commissioners' meeting. As Claudia Moses, a member of Homeless Helping Homeless who is currently homeless, read out the names of those who died, members of the Homeless Services Network stood holding signs with the names of the deceased and the phrase “Homeless No More.” Mark Dorsett, who has been homeless for a couple of months, told commissioners the homeless people died for a variety of reasons, including violence, medical conditions and exposure. At least two were murdered, while one died after developing a cold and then pneumonia.
Moses also invited those in attendance to take part in a Homeless Awareness Walk, which will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Crisis Assistance Ministry, 500-A Spratt St. Details: www.awayhome.org.