World Homeless Day is celebrated around the globe on October 10th. This day is devoted to everyone who, for whatever reason, ended up on the streets. We often see the homeless in parks, shopping centers, but we rarely think of their tragic stories. Fortunately, we can all come together and help anyone in need. Join the movement and make a difference!
In 2005, the UN conducted a survey to estimate the number of homeless people around the world. The results were shocking – an estimated 100 million people were living on the streets. The first World Homeless Day was held in 2010 to draw attention to this global issue. It was created by many people who raised awareness of homelessness on the internet.
Many institutions are working to solve the pressing problem of homelessness. These include initiatives to build new houses, making housing more affordable, providing more jobs, and more. Activists are gathering like-minded people and making progress through small steps. This is a slow process, as for every person that is settled in a comfortable place, another one appears.
Experts agree that homelessness can never be completely eliminated, but it can be reduced. This is why volunteers and donations are so important – if more people join the cause, the problem can be reduced to a minimum.
- In the US, most of the homeless population is concentrated in California, Florida, and New York.
- One in 50 children in the US may be without a home.
- In Japan, a generation of homeless people live in Internet cafes.
- A third of the homeless are under 24.
How to take part
If you want to join the cause, find out which organizations need volunteers. Reach out to a homeless person and talk to them, ask if they need help. Even a simple act of kindness, such as donating a loaf of bread, can save someone’s life.
When is World Homeless Day celebrated in 2023?
World Homeless Day is observed on October 10 each year.