Joined the campaign: September 2017
Who’s involved? The Alicante campaign is led by national homelessness charity RAIS Fundación.
What has happened so far? Alicante held a Connections Week in November 2017, when almost 200 volunteers found 195 people sleeping on the streets. One volunteer shared his experience of being confronted with the reality of homelessness in this article (in Spanish). 111 people experiencing homelessness were interviewed and results were stark – more than two-in-three (70 per cent) of people said they engaged in no activities other than simply surviving. Find out more by reading a reflection of the week and the full results.
Following this, RAIS developed their Housing First programme, Habitat. The programme is made up of 330 properties across Spain, including Alicante, and continues to grow. Their work focuses on listening to the needs of people experiencing homelessness and supporting them into the homes which are right for them. In this video, Mario, Libia, Josep, Ramón, Slavey and Pepe explain how Housing First has helped them.
In 2019 RAIS have focused on advocacy. Their proposals to end homelessness in Spain were published to coincide with local, regional, national and European elections, to get homelessness on the political agenda and eradicate it for good in Spain. They also met with the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, to secure his commitment and influence national homelessness initiatives.
What’s next? RAIS continue to work with a national focus. They will participate in the World’s Biggest Sleepout, hosting an event in Madrid in December. They aim to raise funds for the campaign and awareness of homelessness across the whole of Spain.
Image Credit : RAIS