About Homelessness Prevention Week
Homelessness Prevention Week (HPW) is an annual themed week coordinated by Homelessness Australia. It is used to raise awareness of homelessness and the surrounding issues.
It is held in the first full week of August each year.
The aims of HPW are:
- recognise the individuals and groups in the community who make a contribution to preventing, and ending homelessness
- raise community awareness and understanding of the causes and complexities of homelessness, and the effect it has
- increase community connections for those experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness
- increase community understanding and connections for those working with people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness
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 Homelessness Prevention 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.
2013: The Hidden Homeless
2010: Will you be homeless in 2020?
2009: Where do they go?