PORTLAND (WGME) – Friday night, people in Portland remembered members of the city's homeless community who have since passed away.
They choose the longest night of the year since many people will be seeking shelter, organizers say Thursday night almost 250 people needed help in Portland.
Friday night’s event was about remembering those who have died.
The event included live music, a candle light vigil, speeches from community leaders and Preble Street organizers.
Some speakers say homelessness is a real problem, taking decades off of people’s lives.
They say the youngest homeless person to die in Maine this year was 22, and they say that’s why they need to work extra hard to end it.
“We can only be the best community, the healthiest community, the community that we all want to be, if all of our neighbors have a home to live in, have food on their table, and are in good health,” Preble Street Deputy Director Donna Yellen said.