World Homeless Day - 10 October.

Every October 10th, World Homeless Day brings individuals together to find ways to change the lives of homeless people in their community. It’s also a time to draw attention to the needs of the homeless on a local level.

Approximately 150 million people around the world don’t have a home. This equals 2 percent of the world’s population. Homeless people face many issues, including:

  • Health problems, such as infectious diseases, dental problems, and chronic pain.
  • A lack of income which makes it difficult to afford food and rent.
  • Not having access to basic needs, such as dry clothes and clean water.
  • Prolonged exposure to the elements, such as heat, cold, rain, and snow.
  • Hunger and poor nutrition.
  • Many homeless people in large cities live in areas called slums. These slums are overcrowded and have very poor living conditions.

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.

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.

Source: www.worldhomelessday.org


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