Homeless Persons' Week (HPW) is an annual themed week coordinated by Homelessness Australia. It is used to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the surrounding issues.
It is held in the first full week of August each year.
HPW 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.
Homelessness Australia does not run events for Homeless Persons' Week - though we do help to coordinate a national launch. We coordinate the week by developing a campaign theme, produce information sheets and resources which are made publicly available to individual organisations who run events and we advertise and promote events being held all over Australia.
More information on our current HPW campaign and previous campaigns can be found on the events drop down menu.