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Although the numbers are down, it is an absolute tragedy that so many people are dying homeless, and the service is a way for us to reach out into the community to show our clients that we care," said ECOHH Homeless Memorial spokesperson John Acheson.
The sculpture cost $40,000, with the majority of the cost covered through an Edmonton Arts Council's Community Public Arts program grant, with additional costs picked up by ECOHH and other supporters of the project.
In addition to memorializing those lives lost, ECOHH hosted the Homeless Memorial to support family and friends feeling sorrow from losing loved ones; to gather as a community to consider and support those living without adequate housing; to increase the awareness of the tragic effects of homelessness; and to celebrate life.