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How many people sleep on the street?

In general, we don’t have exact or updated data that allows us to evaluate the whole problem.

  • In Barcelona we know how many people sleep on the street because we conduct counts regularly. In the last count, conducted in June 2019, we counted 1,195 people.
  • In Catalonia we do not have an exact number. The most recent data is from 2014, provided to us by the Agencia de l’Habitatge de Catalunya (Housing Agency of Catalonia); which calculates soem 5,433 people living on the street. This data only accounts for the people who have used public services. Counts are not conducted in every muncipality.
  • The Spanish State obtains data every two years from the Instituto Nacional de Estadística (National Statistics Institute). However, this data only counts people who use lodging and dining facilities and exclude other people who sleep on the street and do not use these services. Keep in mind that counts are not conducted in every municipality.
  • In the European Union ,there are no common standards across the different countries for counting how many people sleep on the street and do not have homes, nor is there a total figure for the number of homeless people in the EU.

Visit our website to learn more about the problem of homelessness and better understand the situations of the people who live in the street in Barcelona.


What does Arrels do ?

Sincé 1987, we have helped and guided homeless people who live on the streets of Barcelona. In 2018, we attended to 2,368 people, 24% more than the previous year. A thousand of these people were assisted for the first time.


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