Canada observes Housing Day on November 18. It is a day to remind us of the plight of homeless people. In the US alone, there are more than 600,000 homeless people. Shelter is one of the most important needs a person has. Housing Day reminds us, and the government, about the immediate need to provide safe houses for people. Canada declared homelessness a national disaster in 1998. After two years, November 22 was declared National Housing Day. We also use the day to appreciate the efforts of the government and other concerned organizations in eradicating homelessness.
History of Housing Day
Housing is a major concern for every country in the world. When it comes to housing shortages, there is no difference between first and third–world countries. There are an estimated 150 million people all over the globe who do not have a house to spend the night in. An independent survey in 2015 estimated that 1.6 billion people are living in inadequate shelters. In 1998, Canada’s government realized the issue of homelessness. They declared homelessness a national disaster. Two years later, November 22 was declared National Housing Day.
Housing is not a new concept. We humans have used caves as shelters since some 170,000 years ago. Now, houses have changed in shape, size, and utility. It is no longer just a place to shelter from the elements and wild beasts. The house is where we belong most of the time. Urbanization, the evolution of the nuclear family, and cultural factors have all contributed to an increase in the desire to own a home. Nevertheless, housing is a basic human necessity, and every individual has the right to own a house.
There used to be a time when being homeless was treated as a crime. Housing Day aims to change the mindset of the general population towards homeless people. It also reminds us to put forth plans to change the condition of homeless people and even provide them with new houses. Housing Day is not just about changing people’s perceptions and helping homeless people. It is also a day to acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of those working to create a better world for homeless people.
Housing Day timeline
The oldest evidence of house construction comes from Tanzania.
Brick buildings start to appear around South Turkey.
Jonathan Fairbanks builds one of the oldest standing wooden houses in America.
Thomas Jefferson builds one of the largest houses in America.
Two years after declaring homelessness a national disaster, Canada declares November 22 Housing Day.
Housing Day FAQs
How many homeless people are there?
There are approximately 1.6 billion people on the planet who do not have housing. This is truly a world crisis.
How can ordinary people help solve homelessness?
Researching the problem, donating to the cause, and fundraising are a few methods we can use to help homeless people in need
What kinds of homelessness are there?
Primary homelessness denotes people that are living on the streets. Secondary homelessness is when people move from one temporary shelter to another – such as the houses of friends and family. Tertiary homelessness describes people who live in boarding houses without their own bathroom and secure tenure.
How to Observe Housing Day
Understand the cause
The first step in solving a problem is realizing there is a problem in the first place. Understand the statistics of the homeless people, and spread the information to people who care. Finally, create an action plan on how you can help, and create a timeframe to accomplish the tasks.
Fundraise for the cause
Finance is the major cause for many projects to stop. It is also one of the major reasons why so many people are homeless in the first place. Try to raise money for homeless people. Make sure the money reaches the people who deserve it.
Spend a night with homeless people
Spend a night with some homeless people, and try to record the entire situation and the conditions they face. Spread the visuals and let the world know about their issues.
5 Facts About Houses That Will Interest You
China has the most number of houses – around 450 million.
The largest house
Mukesh Ambani from India owns the largest house in the world.
The word ‘housewarming’ originates from when people used to gift firewood to warm in the fireplace when they visited a new home.
The floating seahorse
There is a floating house in Dubai that costs $2.8 million.
One house in two nations
There is a house with a half portion in Belgium and the other in the Netherlands.
Why Housing Day is Important
Helps us understand the plight of the homeless
It is hard to understand the plight of homeless people when living inside a luxury house. This day provides the perfect opportunity to understand their problems and help find solutions.
An opportunity to help those in need
Is there a better feeling than helping someone in need? Housing Day can be used to try to help a homeless person find a permanent shelter.
Homelessness, a national disaster
Homelessness is indeed a national disaster. The day can be spent creating campaigns to motivate people to take action to help the homeless people.
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