Famvin Homeless Alliance
June 28, 2017 marked the official announcement of the Famvin Homeless Alliance, an initiative of the Worldwide Vincentian Family to reduce, and wherever possible, eliminate homelessness in its multiple forms. This ceremony took place at the European Parliament, by invitation of its president Antonio Tajani who wished to honour the work of the followers of St. Vincent de Paul with the people living in poverty, especially with the homeless.
In the context of the 400th anniversary of the charism, the Vincentian Family chose to focus particularly on the famous passage of Matthew 25: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” In harmony with the global definition of homeless developed by the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH), the attitude and actions of welcoming the homeless include action with and in favour of people living in the streets, refugees and internally displaced people, slumdwellers… The urgency of this issue is evident: The most recent UN reports on this topic suggest that, of the 7 billion people on this planet, more than 1.2 billion fall within this IGH three-tiered definition of global homelessness. It is one of the great social ills of our time.
Depaul International was asked to co-ordinate this initiative on behalf of the Vincentian Family, with its official launch in Rome at a Symposium with Pope Francis 13-15 October 2017. During 2018 one of the cornerstones of the Famvin Homeless Alliance's work has been to develop the 13 Houses Campaign.