International Street Children’s Day

January 31st is International Street Children’s Day. It is observed to spread the awareness among the general people to stand up jointly for the rights and welfare of street children.

Street children is a term used for poor and homeless children under 18 years of age, living in the streets of a village, town or city. They spend their lives on the streets and start facing every sort of hardships in their very early stage of life. They even don’t have the very basic necessities of life for livelihood.

Millions Worldwide

According to studies exact number of street children cannot be determined exactly however it’s sure that the number is definitely in hundreds of millions worldwide. In Australia, we’re in the midst of a housing affordability crisis. Both house and rental prices are rising faster than incomes and there is intense competition at all levels of the market.  This housing ‘squeeze’ is pushing vulnerable people and people on the lowest incomes out of the market and into homelessness.

About Homelessness Australia

While affordable housing has become scarce, our social housing stock has also been allowed to fall to the lowest it’s been in decades. Not having a home is life-threatening.  Research shows that people experiencing homelessness are 13 times more likely to be the victims of violence and 47 times more likely to be the victims of theft.

The dehumanisation and demonisation of people without homes in the media and in our everyday language can result in an antipathy that fuels blame and acts of cruelty, and also distracts people from the systemic causes of homelessness.