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World Homeless Day

On the 10th of October 2023 people around the world will mark World Homeless Day in many varied ways and change the lives of people experiencing homelessness in their local community.

World Homeless Day is observed internationally 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 the needs of people who experience homelessness locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness, while taking advantage of the stage an ‘international day’ provides – to end homelessness through improved policy and funding.


  1. Host a Housing & Homelessness Summit or Roundtable
  2. Set Goals /Benchmark Progress = by World Homeless Day next year, we aim to… 
  3. Celebrate what you have achived since October 10th last year
  4. Announce Policy Change 
  5. Repeal Laws that Criminalize aspects of Homelessness 
  6. Host your Housing / Homelessness Conference near or on the date
  7. Launch a Fundraising Campaign 
  8. Release Major Reports 
  9. Disperse New Funds 
  10. Host a Guest Speaker 
  11. Highlight Local Issues in the Media 
  12. Acknowledge Staff & Volunteers 
  13. Launch New Services 
  14. Celebrate & Support Local Charities 
  15. Host a Health Clinic / Wellness Day 
  16. Hold a Public Rally / Protest 
  17. Appoint a new Patron / Ambassador 
  18. Invite Politicians to Show + Tell them about your service 
  19. Host a Memorial for those who have Died While Homeless 
  20. Install a ‘Pop-Up’ Public Work of Art about Homelessness 
  21. Host a Workshop or Training Day on Homelessness for Emergency Responders / Health Care Workers / other service providers 
  22. Have a Collection of Goods & or Funds at your School & or Workplace & or Place of Worship for a local Charity 
  23. Have a ‘Spring Clean’ of your Clothing / Household Items – Donate them to Charity 
  24. Host an Educational / Experiential event like a Sleep-Out, Screening of a Film with a Speaker 
  25. Write to your local Politicians about a Policy you want Changed 
  26. Rent a Spare room in your home to a Student (freeing up accommodation for others) 
  27. Develop or Update your Company Policy on Staff Allowances regarding Domestic Violence / Housing Distress
  28. + Your Ideas

Using Proximity to World Homeless Day

You can use the day as a point of reference, and mention what you are doing is for example:

  • In the lead up to World Homeless Day…
  • In the week/s before…
  • Only days before…
  • On…
  • On the occasion of…
  • In recognition of…
  • Only days after…
  • Only weeks after…
  • In view of World Homeless Day…

The international day is referenced and pointed to all year round, with a groundswell of around a month and a half surrounding it.
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