Every day in Tasmania, more than 1600 people are homeless, and it's easy to ignore especially when you don't think it exists in your community.
St Vincent de Paul state president Mark Gaetani said that 90 per cent of Tasmania's homeless were classed as 'invisible'.
"Our invisible homeless are those who are house sharing, living in homeless shelters or are 'couch surfing'," he said.
St Vincent's Tasmanian CEO, Lara Alexander, said homelessness was a whole community issue.
"Homelessness is not a choice, in many instances a significant life event has put them in an unfortunate situation," she said.
"It is vital for us to be able to open up the conversation of homelessness and one of the most effective ways of doing this is to get CEOs, community leaders and those who are in an influential position to take part in the event.
"This gets them involved in addressing and discussing the issues surrounding homelessness that are so evident in our community."
The Vinnies CEO Sleepout aims to raise much-needed funds and awareness to help the homeless within our communities.
"This is our ninth event and over the past eight years we have raised in excess of $1.1 million dollars," Ms Alexander said.
"Money raised assists with our homelessness services throughout Tasmania, including Bethlehem House in Hobart a shelter for men who are experiencing homelessness, Loui's Van in Hobart and Vinnies Van in Launceston and now Burnie."
Sleepout participants will get a first-hand account of homelessness from guest speakers who offer a raw and factual insight into their daily struggles.
"We want to provide participants with a relatable experience," Mr Gaetani said.
"The event starts at 6pm and participants are welcomed with a meal from the Vinnies van, and given a cardboard box to sleep on, cold comfort when temperatures can drop to as low as minus four, but a sobering snapshot of life on the streets."