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.
World Homeless Day is a way 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.
As Marie-Jose Houle, Federal Housing Advocate, says: Homelessness is a human rights failure. A failure to provide adequate housing and supports for people who need it. A failure to prioritize resources for those most in need. Everyone in Canada has a Right 2 Housing - we can do better.
How To Make a Difference
- educate people about homeless issues
- celebrate and support local good works
- highlight local issues
- donate to local service providers
- volunteer and provide hands on help
- Tweet #WorldHomelessDay2022 @homelessday
There is also a webinar you can check out to learn more about the
Collaboration for the Global Homelessness Definition & Measurement on October 10th, 2022 at 8am Central Time.
Attendees will learn about approaches to:
1) improving coordinated efforts to effectively
collect, analyze and implement data on homelessness;
2) partnering and co-producing with people with lived expertise, researchers, advocates, and allies, whose work intersects with the issue of homelessness;
3) using the principles of inclusive data collection to ensure that enhanced homeless data collection drives further accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Together, we will end homelessness!