Homelessness Week is an annual themed week coordinated by Homelessness Australia (HA). It is used to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues these people face.
It is held in the first full week of August each year.
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.
HA does not run events for Homelessness Week - though we coordinate/participate in a national launch. HA coordinate the week by developing a campaign theme, producing information sheets and resources which are made publicly available to individual organisations who run events, and HA also advertises and promotes events being held all over Australia.
More information on our current Homelessness Week campaign and previous campaigns can be found on the events drop down menu.