Barcelona homeless average four years on streets

Volunteer street workers interview homeless person in Barcelona. Photo: Fundación Arrels via Europa Press
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• Nearly 9 in 10 homeless in Barcelona are men, 2/3 from other countries
• One quarter of all individuals interviewed living nearly 7 years on streets

The latest census of homeless men and women sleeping rough on Barcelona streets shows that on average they’ve been living on the streets of Spain’s second-largest city for nearly four years, with nearly three quarters of those interviewed having been living and sleeping on the city’s streets continuously for a stretch of six months or more.

The census, carried out by social workers from the Fundación Arrels charity at the end of June, interviewed 348 individuals of the 941 people estimated to currently be living on Barcelona streets and found that 86 percent of the homeless were men, nearly half were aged 25-49 and two in three were not Spanish citizens, hailing from other European countries or third counties beyond the borders of Europe.

According to the census figures, 45 percent of those interviewed have been living on the streets of the Catalan capital for just over two years, an additional 13 percent for nearly 7 years and 12 percent of the homeless surveyed said they’ve been living in Barcelona without a permanent home for more than eight years.

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