Homeless Day

Homeless International Flag

Homeless International Day
20th January
"The society knows about the World Cancer Day, World Health Day, International Peace Day and the Nelson Mandela Day, but do people know a day about homelessness?"
Kavian Ferdowsi


We think the homeless isn’t paid enough attention in the global perspective. There are human rights with special awards and days, but none that directly focuses on the ever increasing number of homeless people in the world.

This award is to acknowledge of the situation of the homeless and encourge those who help the homeless to continue helping.

The day

20th January

To lift up the situation about homelssness globally, the non profit organization Hemlö has declared the 20th January to be the Homless International Day.

The celebration of the Homeless Day started in 2013 by Hemlö The award ceremony occurs every year in January.

At the 2017 ceremony there were no less than three people and one organization that won the Homeless Hero prize.

Santa Claus Prizes


During 2017, Hemlö established
Santa Claus Prize which are awards where Homless Hero is just one of them. Hemlö first gave the prizes during the 2013 Homeless Day.


Homeless Heroes
Vegetarian Heroes
Animal Heroes

Homeless Heroes 2018 - 2019

Vegetarian Heroes 2018 - 2019

Animal Abuse filmmakers
The price for the Vegetarian Heroes goes this year, 2018-2019, to all the cameramen who has filmed, acknowledged and revealed animal abuse through video and film. Examples:

Homeless Heroes 2017 - 2018

Homeless Heroes 2016 - 2017

The award ceremony took place at Hemlö's Café Tegelbacken in Stockholm the 20th of January 2017

Vegetarian Hero 2016 - 2017

Gary Yourofsky

Yourofsky is a former animals activist, speaker and advocate for veganism, that now resides in the United States. Yoroufsky was awaded this year Vegetarian Hero prize because of his committment and zeal to promote a vegetarian living.

Read more about him on Wikipedia or on his website

Animals Hero 2016 - 2017

Mammad Bakhtar

Mammad Bakhtar is from Marivan in Iran. Bakhtar tried to save a dog from a fence, but during the resucing, when the dog was about to die, he lost his feet when he stepped on a mine. At the awards ceremony, he was still at a hospital in Iran.
This deed made him an Animal Hero, and we shall honor him and give him this years Animals Hero price for 2017. He could not participate in the award ceremony since he still was in the hospital.

Kavian Ferdowsi, founder of the Homeless Day, says: ”Thank you Bakhtar. You are this years Animals Hero in the World. You became historical!”Läs mer om Bakhtaris gärning på Al Jazeeras webbsida

Homeless Heroes 2015 - 2016

Homeless Heroes 2014 - 2015

Homeless Heroes 2013 - 2014

Homeless Heroes 2012 - 2013