World Homeless Day was born out of discussions between aid workers around the world, all of whom were helping the homeless in their own countries. The aim and slogan of the Day is ‘locals act locally on a global day’. The emphasis is on giving hands-on aid that is sensitive to local needs, while being aware of the global problem of homelessness and feeling solidarity with other charity workers around the world.
On this day, you can celebrate by helping to raise awareness for the homeless in your own community. Grassroots campaigns and fundraisers work at the local level, while taking advantage of the increased publicity and solidarity a global platform provides.
Use this Day as an opportunity to educate people about the homeless in your area, the infrastructure that already exists to help them and how it can be improved. World Homeless Day fundraisers and celebrations can be converted into gains which will help the homeless long after the Day is over.
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 use to 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