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Street

  • In Catalonia, about 37.000 people suffer serious housing problems
  • In Catalonia, about 37.000 people suffer serious housing problems
  • In Catalonia, about 37.000 people suffer serious housing problems
  • In Catalonia, about 37.000 people suffer serious housing problems
  • In Catalonia, about 37.000 people suffer serious housing problems
  • In Catalonia, about 37.000 people suffer serious housing problems
  • In Catalonia, about 37.000 people suffer serious housing problems
  • In Catalonia, about 37.000 people suffer serious housing problems
  • In Catalonia, about 37.000 people suffer serious housing problems

The right for a dignified housing is recognised in the Spanish Constitution and in the Catalan Statute of Autonomy, but the reality is much different: in Catalonia, about 37.000 people suffer serious housing problems; among them, more than 11.500 haven’t got a home

Arrels’ stance

We are certain that there is an increasing need to avoid the ‘staircase’ model. This model states that a person who lives on the street must go through resources like hostels or temporary accommodation before accessing stable housing. A person who lives on the street should be able to access, if he wants, dignified and stable housing with agreed support to guarantee his development.

The context...

Quick view of the situation in Barcelona:

  • Almost 3.000 homeless people
  • 900 sleeping rough

The common profile of homeless people in Barcelona:

  • Male
  • Aged 26 - 45
  • Sleeps in some kind of shelter

And Arrels, what does it do?

Street outreach work

Every week, Arrels’ outreach team walks through different areas of Barcelona to get to know people who are living on the streets. Little by little, trustful bonds are created and needs are detected. In 2015, 550 people were attended, visiting them and accompanying them to the doctor, to do paperwork and with legal issues.

Emergency night accommodation

When a rough sleeper expresses a will to sleep under a roof, the way to get it is looked for. Sometimes, through a rented room or a hostel; at others, the person is housed in a place called ‘Espai Gaja’, an Arrels facility with four emergency places specially designed for people referred from the street team.

We participate in “Operation cold”

When temperatures are lower than 5 degrees, Barcelona Council launches “Operation cold”. Arrels participates offering its services and, if needed, opening its facilities longer than normal to give people shelter.

We co-work with other entities of Barcelona

Within the framework of the Xarxa d’Atenció a Persones Sense Llar (Network of Attention for homeless people), in order to make existing services more efficient and raise common awareness.

We raise awareness among young people

Enabling they get to know the testimonies of people who have been sleeping on the street, the triggering factors that lead to someone ending up on the street and making prevention.