Housing Justice, the national Christian homelessness charity, is urging churches to take part in this year’s Homeless Sunday on 13th October.
Homeless Sunday has been part of the Christian calendar for more than a quarter of a century. It is an opportunity for churches of all denominations and people of all faiths to unite and show solidarity with those experiencing homelessness and to reflect and plan practical action on homelessness.
The focus this year is ‘The impact of volunteering on the volunteer’, apt as Christians and church communities are at the forefront of the response to the rise in homelessness including the most visible aspect, rough sleeping. There were just 65 night shelters operating across the Housing Justice network in 2013, and today there are 125 across England and Wales.
Around 500 or more churches across the country usually take part in Homeless Sunday, and it is hoped that the number will grow this year.