Sat10Oct 2015: World Homeless Action Day (WHAD)

Tony Gosling tony at
Tue Jul 21 20:00:53 BST 2015

World Homeless Action Day 10-10-15


World Homeless Action Day (WHAD) is a worldwide 
collaborative effort that is held on October 10th 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.

World Homeless Action Day 10-10 Facebook Group

International days, weeks or months devoted to 
focusing attention on an issue or group of people 
in need 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. WHAD 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 grassroots campaign, charity 
or indeed an unaligned individual consider taking 
advantage of this concept to gain connections 
with members of your community that you don’t 
have already. For example, WHAD is the perfect 
opportunity to contact a local school, church or 
service provider. 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 organisations in their city or state.

In some countries, 10/10 is used as a benchmark 
day each year to note progress. To date, current 
and formerly homeless people have done more than 
anyone else housed or working in the sector to 
promote WHAD and encourage charities to become 
involved. WHAD could be
[insert your idea]
 if you make it happen


What you can do today to prepare for 10/10/14:

• If you are a service provider and attend 
meetings with other service providers, put 
discussion of World Homeless Action Day on the agenda.
• If you need support in planning the day or want 
to collaborate with others involved, leave a 
comment, mail us or join our facebook group
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