World Homeless Day is an annual event on the 10th of October.
The concept of 'World Homeless Day' emerged from online discussions between people working to respond to homelessness from various parts of the world.
The Inaugural World Homeless Day was marked on the 10th of October 2010.
Since its founding, World Homeless Day has been observed on every continent except Antarctica, in several dozen countries.
Use of the idea of 'World Homeless Day' is open for all to use... anywhere in the world.
The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness, while taking advantage of the stage an ‘international day’ provides.
How To Make a Difference
- educate people about homeless issues
- celebrate and support local good works
- highlight local issues
Collaborate & Double Your Impact
Once you identify the local service provider for homeless people you want to rally support behind.... for example if they suggest clean socks; or canned food; or an item they need funds to buy.... use your local networks to rally even greater support:
- service clubs
- local businesses
- where you work
- who else?
World Homeless Day is something you can point to on the calendar each year and make a significant difference in your local community.
Suggestions for Politicians
- Acknowledge World Homeless Day officially
- Point out the good works of service providers
- Release new funds each year on the date
- Form an advisory group on homelessness
Rethink Homelessness Video
A WHD conference organised by locals in Zambia.
Activists in the U.S. reclaim an Abandon Building
Street Protests on World Homeless Day
London: School Students Gather for a Dress Up Day to raise money for a Guest Speaker from a local charity.