Monday, April 22, 2013

Bilbao: closure of the main homeless shelter

The town of Bilbao (Basque Country), where I live has closed its main homeless center without opening a new one (there's one planned but who knows when and where it will open, if at all). The dramatic problem of homeless citizens has only grown in the past years with more than a thousand living in the city without a stable home and at least 250 sleeping in the streets daily. The shelter could only have at most 100 people. This situation leaves lots of people in a terrible situation, not just without shelter but also without official residence and therefore ineligible for welfare assistance. 

Years ago the town also closed the public showers that had been operative for decades. 

Source: Bilboko Branka[es].

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