Lubbock Homeless Consortium memorializes lives lost in 2018

Lubbock Homeless Consortium memorializes lives lost in 2018

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

People who suffer from homelessness are far less likely to live as long as people with a permanent home.

To honor homeless people who have died in 2018, Lubbock's Homeless Consortium held a candlelight vigil. The ceremony memorialized four veterans who were homeless who died in 2018. More than a dozen other victims were also remembered.

"I think it's really important that everyone is remembered just like we'd want for any of our own families," said Jamie Wheeler with Open Door. "But that we're celebrating someone's life and we're also grieving over their death." 

Wheeler says she hopes this will help bring more focus to this problem in our area. 

Most Americans can expect to live to age 78. But victims of long-term homelessness are only expected to make it to 50.

Open Door is an organization that helps people who are homeless and works to make sure every person can live, thrive and belong.

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