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The purpose of the event is to remind people that homelessness is a problem which concerns Europe as a whole and that homeless people lack basic human rights.
The themes of this year's event are as follows. They can be specified according to the needs of individual towns and countries.
1. Homelessness is a problem that concerns Europe as a whole—it should not to be tolerated
2. Maintaining homelessness equals expensive housing and social policy. A month in a dormitory costs much more than the monthly rent of a council flat. Homeless people are more in need of health care and social services than those who have a permanent home. This is not reasonable policy.
3. Evictions must not be accepted - all possible means must be used to prevent evictions!
4. Homelessness must not be reduced - it must be abolished
The symbol of the event is fire. We hope that all European countries and towns taking part in the event will at least light bonfires, around which different activities can be arranged. For example authorities and other people concerned with the matter can be invited to visit the locations. In Finland, the President and the Minister of Housing, among others, have paid visits to the event. We have received positive comments on the impression that the event has made.
We warmly welcome both old and new participants to organize the Night of the Homeless with us!
With regards, Maisa Kuikka /Vva
Vailla vakinaista asuntoa ry, Maisa Kuikka
Vaasankatu 5 F, 00500 Helsinki
Tel. +358415179511, +358400880213, +35897015338
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