1,026 people sleep on the streets of Barcelona every night
The 2017 count, undertaken on the night of 17th of May, has recorded a total of 1,026 people sleeping on the streets of Barcelona, which represents an increase of 9.03% over 2016’s count. The 1,954 people sleeping in facilities run by the council and various other organisations should be added to this figure, as should the 415 people who sleep in temporary accommodation. The total number of people who are homeless, therefore, is 3,395.
This is the data collected during the 2017 count, which was once again organised by the Network for the Care for Homeless (XAPSLL) involving a total of 34 organisations and the City Council, among them Fundació Mambré. The count was possible thanks to the participation of a total of 998 volunteers who, divided into 287 groups, covered all of the city’s streets.
The results of the 2017 count confirm the negative trend of recent years—that of the increasing number of homeless people in the city of Barcelona. Last year there were a total of 941 people sleeping on the street, 1,907 in residential services and 383 temporary accommodation. In just one year the total population of homeless people in Barcelona has increased by 5%.
This is the fifth time in Barcelona an activity of this kind has been carried out, and it shows that, unfortunately, the number of people sleeping on the street continues to grow year on year. Since 2008—the first count—the number has increased by more than 50%.
At the press conference to explain the details of the 2017 count, XAPSLL’s spokesperson, Maite Mauricio, said she was saddened by the increasing trend of the homelessness phenomenon and the "clear difficulties faced by organizations to access affordable rental prices". Over the past two years, the number of people housed in residential services increased by 17%.
Meanwhile, Ricard Barull, another XAPSLL spokesperson, gave a special thanks to the 998 volunteers who participated in the 2017 count, and noted "the important raising of awareness" that came as a result of the 17th May, as well as the credit of thousands of people who "have dedicated their time to the homeless".
Such a project would be impossible without the work of so many volunteers, and without the efforts of all the organisations that form part of XAPSLL. The fight against homelessness goes on.
Distribution by districts count 2017 data
|Ciutat Vella||271 people|
|Sants - Montjuïc||188 people|
|Les Corts||39 people|
|Sarrià - Sant Gervasi||59 people|
|Horta - Guinardó||45 people|
|Nou Barris||43 people|
|Sant Andreu||11 people|
|Sant Martí||131 people|