Homelessness Week is an annual week coordinated by Homelessness Australia to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions.
In 2018, Homelessness Week is the 6-12 August with a theme “Ending homelessness together’’.
In keeping with this theme, in 2018 Homelessness Australia is encouraging the community to get active as citizens to call on political leaders to make the changes needed to end homelessness.
You can organise community events and invite an MP or Senator to join you, or go and visit your MP in homelessness week to tell them about the issue of homelessness in your community.
We encourage you to connect people participating in Homelessness Week to the Everybody’s Home campaign calling for national action to end homelessness.
You can find the campaign at everybodyshome.com.au; on Twitter at @_everybodyshome and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EverybodysHomeCampaign/.
Ask people to join the Everybody’s Home campaign and be part of movement for change.
We will provide information to support your MP engagement activities and lobbying in Homelessness Week, including discussion points for the meeting, and material to leave behind that outlines what we want MPs to do.
Homelessness Week history
Homelessness Week came about from various churches and missions running winter vigils to remember people who had died on the streets. These vigils were normally held in August as it is the coldest time of the year and when most people were likely to be overcome by the elements. Over the years, more churches became involved and in 2007 Homelessness Australia (then the Australian Federations of Housing Organisations AFHO) began coordinating it as a national awareness week.
SOURCE: Homelessness Australia. “Homelessness Week 2018.” Homelessness Australia website August 2018.
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