The city of Barcelona estimates that on any given night, roughly 1,500 people in Barcelona are experiencing homelessness. During the last annual census, on the evening of March 12, 2010, some 650 people were sleeping outdoors and 850 were sleeping in shelters. These numbers do not reflect those who were doubled-up with family or friends or were otherwise “invisible” to city counters.
Assistance for people experiencing homelessness is the responsibility of The Network for People Without A Roof, a network of 24 charities and NGOs and the city government. The Network provides both day and night services. Day services include a place to leave belongings, a meal, showers, workshops, and common rooms. The night services offer an evening meal and a bed. The 2010 survey counted a total of 1,108 persons using the day-time facilities and 842 using night-time services.
In addition to providing these services, the Network has undertaken a campaign to end homelessness in Barcelona by the year 2015. It is part of Barcelona’s response to the European Union’s designation of 2010 as the “Year of the War on Poverty and Exclusion.” The slogan for Barcelona’s campaign is “Imagine a 2015 with No One Living in the Street.”