Homelessness Week (HW) runs annually during the first week of August and promotes a greater understanding of homelessness and how best to respond to it. In 2016, the theme of the Week is #homelessnesscounts, which highlights that the lives of people experiencing homelessness are important. It also relates to the upcoming ABS Census and the importance of people experiencing homelessness being included and identified correctly in the Census count.
Individuals and organisations concerned about or working to respond to homelessness are encouraged to host their own events during the week. Shelter WA, with the support and guidance of the Shelter WA Advisory Committee on Homelessness (SWAACH), will take a lead role in organising and coordinating events throughout metropolitan and regional WA.