Homelessness is a global challenge.
The United Nations Human Settlements Program estimates that 1.1 billion people live in inadequate housing, and the best data available suggest that more than 100 million people have no housing at all. There are an estimated 70.8 Million people displaced throughout the world because of war, natural disasters and extreme poverty.
Street homelessness affects people in every region of the world - developed and developing - and in the absence of coordinated action globally it is growing. The imbalance between supply and demand, cost and poor quality of housing, displacement driven by political and economic causes, and the lack of a safety net for the most vulnerable all contribute to the growth of street homelessness. This is one of the great and visible social ills of our time and yet there has been no coordinated global response to tackle it on a par with other issues related to poverty and health.
This problem can be tackled.
By joining the World's Big Sleep Out your city will be at the forefront of the global fight against homelessness raising awareness and funds to tackle the issue in your city and for vulnerable refugees internationally.
While The World's Big Sleep Out involves spending a night under the stars, it is not about pretending to be homeless. It's an act of solidarity - to give you a tiny insight into this reality, and to raise the funds and awareness needed to help people who have no other choice.