The European day of homeless people is celebrated on November, 23. It aims to fight against the discrimination of the 40.000 homeless people in Spain (data provided by Cáritas) and 700.000 in Europe (according to FEANTSA research). This phenomenon is more significant during the current pandemic because homeless people are more endangered by COVID-19. Therefore, they have to worry about the weather, food, and the crimes which people commit due to aporophobic motivation, in addition to COVID-19, only worsening their extreme vulnerability.
How can homeless people be safe without a home where they can take shelter? Hogar sí published recently: “Las personas en situación de sinhogarismo tienen una esperanza de vida 30 años inferior al resto de la población, el 30% sufre enfermedades graves y el 31% ha intentado suicidarse alguna vez”. We share the same idea because shelter is the first measure for protecting this specific collective. Hogar sí said that living on the streets kills and having a home can cure homeless.
During the home-confinement applied between March and May, the government promoted additional measures to protect homeless people. However, municipalities are requesting a solution to the current curfew due to shelters that are temporary. Likewise, the curfew has increased the loneliness of homeless people, who are more exposed to aporophobic attacks.
Consequently, Crimen.eu and researchers of this project demand that the government solves this situation with measures that improve the lives of homeless people. They are the most excluded collective. Moreover, we are unable to consider homeless people when the message is “stay at home”. In fact, these people are the group most exposed to the risks of the street in the presence of COVID-19.