To drive a global movement to end homelessness by advocating for policy, data collection, knowledge sharing, and concrete actions at local and national levels to address homelessness

Source of Action
World Urban Forum
2022 - 2026
Last Updated
27 March 2023


The Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) brings evidence-based policy and practice to the forefront of conversations around sustainable and equitable cities and homelessness. IGH partners with a diverse range of stakeholders in cities across 6 continents including city, state, and national governments, homeless organizations, collective impact groups, and other civil society associations. As part of our Declared Action, IGH will: - Champion the description of global homelessness from the June 2020 ECOSOC and December 2021 General Assembly resolutions on homelessness “depending on national context, [homelessness] can be described as a condition where a person or household lacks habitable space, which may compromise their ability to enjoy social relations, and includes people living on the streets, in other open spaces or in buildings not intended for human habitation, people living in temporary accommodation or shelters for the homeless, and, in accordance with national legislation, may include, among others, people living in severely inadequate accommodation without security of tenure and access to basic services” - Provide technical assistance and capacity building support to local and national government efforts to collect and report disaggregated data on homelessness - Support Member State efforts to develop and implement national policies that align with evidence-based best practices - Provide technical assistance and capacity building support to local and national governments to implement and expand effective and evidence-based interventions to homelessness such as: the presence of a lead coordinating agency, coordinated entry to homelessness services, prevention programs, and investment in specialized and evidence-based interventions, such as assertive street outreach services, individual case management and housing with services - Advocate for a UN convention / treaty on homelessness - Advocate for October 10, World Homelessness Day, to be recognized in the UN calendar With the current gaps in definition and measurement and the lack of evidence-based programs, we expect that homelessness will continue to be a growing local and international concern. By carrying forward our actions to define homelessness, measure homelessness according to that definition, implement and expand evidence-based interventions on homelessness, and measure homelessness again, we will have our intended transformative impact of reducing – and eventually ending – homelessness worldwide.

Outcomes and Impacts

Increased and equal access to basic services, sustainable mobility and public space (most indicators at outcome level measure institutional outcome), Increased and secure access to land and adequate and affordable housing, Enhanced social integration and inclusive communities, Improved living standards and inclusion of migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees through effective crisis response and recovery, Improved housing and services for people experiencing homelessness

Lead Entity

Institute of Global Homelessness

Key Dates

Start year: 7/1/2022

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable