Homelessness Week is an annual event to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues they face, held in the first full week of August each year.
The week long event came about from various churches and missions running winter vigils to remember people who had died on the streets, with these vigils held on the coldest time of the year and when most people were likely to be overcome by the cold. 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.
This year's theme is 'Action and Innovation', highlighting the many effective have implemented to prevent and respond to homelessness. Homelessness Week 2017 also comes on the back of recent Federal Government announcements around the provision of funding to address homelessness and the affordable housing crisis. From 1 July 2018, federal homelessness and housing funding will change from a multilateral to a bilateral agreement, incorporating both the NPAH funding and the NAHA funding into one new combined agreement, the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA).
Use the social media hashtags #HW2017, #endhomelessness and #innovationinhomelessness.