On behalf of everyone involved with World Homeless Day, we would like to thank you for all your support, efforts and kind words.
As we enter 2011, we are faced with a growing crisis. Homelessness has increased by 9% in the USA — indeed; internationally, if we are to believe the ‘official figures’, more people than ever in living memory are facing homelessness. The official figures are only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of the real numbers that those of us directly involved with the streets realize on a daily basis.
We again this year with your help, intend to make our voices even louder in unity, than ever Globally…
This year, in a relatively short period of time, we were able to develop a globally recognized campaign that inspired action on all seven continents — and even in the virtual world! This has added to our confidence that we can change perceptions and improve situations.
We hope (and know!) that with your help and support we can make this simple campaign even larger and louder. It is essential that just for one day, 10-10, we can bring attention to the plight of those vulnerable and affected by homelessness. This is more than a ‘one day campaign’; rather, it is the start of a process of communication and support to all concerned with homelessness on a daily basis…
It may seem seem a large ask, but in reality we have proven it is not. We have made worldwide connections that work closely together to raise issues that must be brought to a wider audience. Not a passive audience, but a group of people across the globe who are working toward a common simple aim: the eradication of homelessness and the conditions that cause it. This is a ‘human made’ situation; therefore, it can be combated by people who are willing to make that small difference.
Homelessness does not describe a type of person, but a housing situation. It’s a state – not a trait!
As we enter 2011, we are not willing to allow any more people to die on our streets due to preventable circumstances. Along the way we may ruffle the feathers of establishment institutions or groups demonstrating a lack of action; this is unavoidable as we attempt to make the voices emanating from our streets heard loudly and clearly.
For the first time in history we attempt to work together for our common goal in a democratic model: all are equal and everyone’s opinion is as valid as anyone else’s. I would encourage all who wish to get involved in our 2011 planning group to please contact us as we build towards 10-10-11.
Time to think outside the cardboard box and stand united with our streets — after all, we are all teetering on the edge…
All the very best and a happy New Year,
WHD Steering Group