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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.


Long banner that reads World Homeless Day


World Homeless Day is observed internationally on the 10th of October.

Follow World Homeless Day on Twitter for the latest updates & ideas for next year.


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.

How To Make a Difference

  • educate people about homeless issues
  • celebrate and support local good works
  • highlight local issues in the media
  • donate to local service providers
  • volunteer and provide hands on help
  • thank volunteers with certificates and awards
  • invite a guest speaker
  • host a Housing Summit
  • release new funding
  • Tweet #WorldHomelessDay

Collaborate & Double Your Impact

Once you identify the local service provider you want to rally support behind.... for example if they suggest clean socks; or food items; or an item they need funds to buy or just general fundraising.... use your local networks to rally even greater support:

  • schools
  • places of worship
  • sporting & service clubs
  • local businesses
  • where you work
  • who else?

World Homeless Day is something you can point to on the calendar each year and use to make a significant difference in your local community.

Suggestions for Politicians

  • Acknowledge World Homeless Day officially
  • Benchmark and declare targets
  • Point out the good works of service providers
  • Release new funds each year on the date
  • Form an advisory group on homelessness
  • Make housing affordable in your electorate

Suggestions for Journalists

* Homelessness is a tough topic to cover correctly, please note the date 10th October and be ready to publish on the day.

Rethink Homelessness Video

Performing Arts in Australia 

Homelessness Summit

A WHD conference organised by locals in Zambia.

Housing Justice Protest

Activists in the U.S. reclaim an Abandon Building

Street Level Protests on WHD

Street Protests on World Homeless Day

Homelessness Guest Speaker

London: School Students Gather for a Dress Up Day to raise money for a Guest Speaker from a local charity.

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