National Roof Over Your Head Day: Every year US celebrates a very special day on December 3rd which is National Roof Over Your Head Day. This day asks us to give thanks for what we have, beginning with the roof over our heads, particularly because many other people lack this basic essential requirement. This day is an excellent reminder to be content with our lot and stop worrying about things we do not have yet.
At the end of the day, there is nothing felt good like coming back to your own house, with family and friends. When you have been working, or It’s cold outside, or even when you have just gone out for a walk, home is the first place you dream of coming back to. But for some people that is not an option that exists for them, there is no roof over their heads to come home to. And National Roof Over Your Head Day reminds you to take a moment to appreciate the fact that you have a place to relax and chill, or if you do not, then to keep working for that is the most important of dreams for you.
About National Roof Over Your Head Day
As of now, there is no official origin of this day, But on the other hand, the origin of homelessness in America is well documented. In colonial America, people without a shelter were labeled vagrants around the 17th century and ‘sturdy beggars’ in the mid-18th century. Many of the colonial towns like Baltimore and Philadelphia had a large number of such people. This situation was likely caused by King Philip’s War which is also called the first Indian war against the colonial people in 1676, which drove many people out of their houses, forcing them to look for shelter in other places. At that time major cities were not as populated only about 7 percent of Americans lived in these places. After that the industrial revolution that has changed this and brought a stable stream of workers to urban centers. By 1850 the major cities had reported a larger number of vagrants than ever before, and the only shelter system for them was the lodging rooms located inside police stations. Over the years, the people looking out for shelter grew to include different races, nationalities, and age groups too. The solutions for such situations have also changed over the years. In the early 20th century, people believed that jobs were the answer. But now, creating affordable housing is considered the remedy. Even now there are as many as 100 million people without a roof over their heads across the United States and this is the probable reason this day was created. A lot of states have come up with creative solutions to reduce this problem and continue to think up and roll out strategies to enable shelter for every person in America.
National Roof Over Your Head Day Celebration
The finest way to celebrate the National Roof Over Your Head Day is to get out there and start finding a solution to the homeless problem. Sure, there are not many of us who can actually afford to house the homeless on our own, but there are some steps we can take to help and motivate our leaders to do it. Ultimately, you can look at the number of people who are homeless in the United States not only US but in fact across the world. You can also take presents off the trees that are frequently put up at Christmas, or just give a few dollars in the cup of the next homeless person you pass. National Roof Over Your Head Day is about giving opportunities to others and being thankful for god to what we have today.