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Homelessness in Malta has been steadily on the rise in recent years, the eradication of which forms the core work of the modern YMCA Malta. Back in 1999, more than 20 years ago, YMCA Valletta was already ringing the alarm around the lack, scope and quality of affordable housing on the islands. Homelessness, expanded today to include rooflessness – meaning anyone without any kind of shelter at all – was slowly becoming our raison d’être.

Partnering with the Osanna Youth Hostel, this year saw YMCA Valletta fundraise in order to refurbish a homeless shelter designed to accommodate 35 men.

Activism also took the form of an Arts Festival for controversial Black Liberation figure Mumia Abul-Jamal, who many believe was wrongly incarcerated and put on death row in the U.S in 1982.

The YMCA Valetta Festival enjoyed its 3rd year and the Infant Joy Arts Festival made a comeback in aid of Albanian Children living with disabilties.