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10th October 2024 - World Homeless Day

World Homeless Day is marked to draw attention to homeless people’s needs both locally across America and internationally.

Facts about American Homelessness

1 in every 588 Americans is homeless.

194,467 people will sleep on the street across the USA tonight (HUD 2018).

The ten states with the highest homeless rates account for 55% of the homeless population - CA, NY, FL, TX, WA, MA, OR, PA, IL, CO.

18% are chronically homeless (HUD 2018).

7% are unaccompanied youth under 25 (HUD 2018).

7% are veterans (HUD 2018).

Facts about Global Homelessness

Exact figures globally are challenging as there is no standard definition for homelessness and it has many forms - from sleeping on the street through to lack of stable permanent housing.

Estimates are that 2% of the world's population are homeless (150 million people).

More than 20% of the world’s population may lack adequate housing (1.6 billion people).


Top 5 Cities USA - people experiencing Homelessness

  • USA, New York

    • Over 61,000 people are homeless in New York.
    • This includes 14,621 families with 21,419 children accessing shelters.
    • There has been a 64% increase of people sleeping in shelters over the past 10 years.
      (Source: Coalition for the Homeless July 2019)

  • USA, Los Angeles

    • LA is has the second highest city for the number of homeless people in the USA.
    • L.A. County’s homeless population at 58,936 and LA city has 36,300 homeless people.
    • Homelessness was up by 12 % in the last year in LA County and up 16 % in the City of Los Angeles.
      (Source: City of LA 2019)

  • Seattle / King County

    • Third highest homeless population in the USA.
    • 12,112 homeless people on any given day.

  • San Diego City & County

    • The fourth highest homeless population in the USA.
    • 8,576 homeless people everyday.

    Source: HUD 2019

Causes of Homelessness

Reasons for people being homeless can vary across countries but typically are due to:

Lack of affordable housing (rising property values)

Limited housing / rental stress


Loss of employment, under-employment or inability to gain a new job

Lack of services for people suffering from mental illness

Family breakdown & violence

Backpack Beds (swags) SAVE LIVES

Backpack Bed for Homeless partners with homeless services across Australia to distribute our study proven Backpack Beds to street sleeping homeless without shelter.

We are not government funded and rely on the support of everyday Australians to help give back safety to people living on the streets. Your donation can help someone survive a night on the streets by protecting them from the harsh weather climates that can happen at night.

What you can do on World Homeless Day 2024

How The Homeless Backpack Bed Works

Backpack Bed - lightweight

Lightweight 3KG

Street tough material

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Full Body Protection

4 season summer & winter


Fire Retardant

Fabric + Mattress 190cm x 55cm


Water & Wind Proof

Protects against winter chills

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Full Body Mosquito Net

Stop bites on hot summer nights


Ergonomic Backpack

Adjustable shoulder & chest straps

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Storage Pockets

4 pockets - store over 44lb


Secret lockable pocket

With brass key lock

You can make a difference for World Homeless Day

How your donated Backpack Bed makes a difference

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