Relief agencies stress dignity in homeless campaign

Relief agencies raise awareness over Spain's 40,000 homeless with 'Nadie Sin Hogar' campaign. Image: CaritasBCN

• Campaign launched in advance of Sunday’s national ‘Day of the Homeless’
• NGOs stress causes of homelessness, need to treat homeless with dignity

Spanish social assistance agencies working with the homeless across Spain have banded together in the run-up to the annual ‘Day of the Homeless’, set this year for Sunday 27th November, to try to raise public awareness about the 40,000 people living on Spain’s streets in a national campaign under the motto, “For Dignity. No One Without a Home.”

Most of Spain’s 40,000 homeless are living rough on the streets, the organisations say, having lost their home or the right to live in a house as a result of eviction for either having fallen behind on monthly rent payments or finding themselves unemployed and no longer able to meet their mortgage payments.

Despite economic figures that attest to Spain’s recovery from the economic crisis that saw thousands evicted from their homes, the organisations caution that evictions are ongoing and that 2015 alone saw 68,315 foreclosures carried out across the country.

Spain’s national “Day of the Homeless” has been marked every year since 1992 by the organisations, who say they are seeking this year to raise public consciousness over the reasons behind homelessness and the need for society at large to treat the homeless with respect and dignity.

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