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Letter: Remembering the dead, working hard for the living

Next week, the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness will host a candlelight vigil to remember those who died of homelessness this past year in New Hampshire. It is a sad but sacred tradition that takes place all over the state and all over the country on the longest night of the year. This year, we have at least 20 names on our list, several of whom called Concord home, including Mark Lufkin, Paul Tinkham and John Tonkin. All are welcome to join us for the vigil on Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. at the plaza in front of the State House.

As we remember the dead, we are working hard for the living as well. A draft Plan to End Homelessness has been written by the Mayor’s Steering Committee to End Homelessness, and the committee is eager to receive public comment. You can find a link to the plan on the city website: concordnh.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/1359. Send your comments to concordhomeless@graniteuw.org no later than Dec. 31.

The plan will be presented to the city council for consideration in February. With the abundance of good will and community spirit that exists in Concord, we have an opportunity to save lives and ensure that Concord people have the dignity of a real home.

MAGGIE FOGARTY

Concord

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