World Homeless Action Day is a worldwide collaborative effort that is held on the 10th day of October every year…….
What should or could be done on this day? The day is there for you and your community to use, as you see fit, to create change and make a difference in the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness in your local area.
There seems to be an international day for this or that all the time. Sometimes even an entire week or month is devoted to focusing our attention on an issue or group of people in need. These can be very powerful opportunities in terms of fundraising, awareness-raising, and garnering significant political power.
There is no prescriptive call to action such as everyone lighting a candle or marching. World Homeless Action Day is a gift to the homeless sector and everyone in it to use in any way they want locally, providing the opportunity to point to something larger internationally and draw strength from that.
If you are part of a charity, consider taking advantage of this concept to gain connections with members of the community that you don’t have already. For example, World Homeless Action Day is the perfect opportunity to contact a local school, church, or service club such as Rotary. Contact them, offer guest speaking opportunities, and suggest partnering to raise money. Politicians can be encouraged to release new funds or proposals on the day or to acknowledge the good work already being done by people and organizations in their city or state.
In some countries, 10/10 is used as a benchmark day each year to note progress. It should be noted that, to date, current and formerly homeless people have done more than anyone else housed or working in the sector to promote World Homeless Action Day and encourage charities to become involved.
Homelessness does not describe a type of person, but a housing situation. It’s a state – not a trait!