World Homeless Day is an annual event on the 10th of October.
The concept of 'World Homeless Day' emerged from online discussions between people working to respond to homelessness from various parts of the world.
World Homeless Day was first held in 2010 to draw attention to the needs of homeless people and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness.
The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to those 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.
What does it mean to be homeless?
There is a widespread misconception in society in regards to what qualifies as homelessness. Many people think that one has to be on the street and have nothing to rest their heads on but a concrete pillow. However, it's not that simple. If a person does 'not have a home' they count as homeless. This can be someone who stays at friends, and family or has to sleep at hostels and B&B's.
If you don't have permanent, secure housing you are considered homeless. For instance, if you live in a house badly suited for residency, overcrowded or simply harmful to your health you are considered homeless.
It is important to meet this cause and the people affected without preconceptions. Anyone can become homeless, people from a rich background, as well as people, brought up without money. Educated people as well as people without education. Healthy people as well as people with long-term illnesses.
Whoever it is, they need help and support and first and foremost to be seen and that is what we here at YRP strive to achieve every day of the year.