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.