This is the second year since this organization Mediterranean Interactive Dialogue started; and even with all friends and volunteers support, this organization rely majorly on an independent initiative and effort. Barcelona is undergoing many changes since few years back which make Barcelona's Homeless Project undergo changes and redirection its programs to address current societal problems that emerge from homelessness.
According to published sources, the new profile of homeless people have been changed in the recent years from the traditional profile of homeless people due to the economic crisis and increased by 35%. The new profiles of homeless people are mainly ranging between immigrants, people suffering from mental health problems, adult men with marital problems and women suffering from domestic violence, and involved in processes of separation or divorce where many of the listed above have attained higher levels of education.
According to the study by Pedro José Cabrera Cabrera, the budget for social action on homelessness in Spain is low. A generous estimate shows around 60 million Euros are assigned to help homeless people which means 15 to 19 € available per day and per person to cover all expenses ranging from food, clothes and accommodation, to maintenance and staff costs.
Theoretically speaking, the government plan and intervene in the city to ensure safety and well-being of its citizens but practically it is the private sector and non-governmental organizations that look beyond the mainstreamed requirements for what is a healthy prosperous habitat. In this organization, we believe that efficient interventions should be beyond basics as in food and shelter, but rather look deeper into the causes of the phenomenon.
The plan is to set a new network within the city that will care for homeless and provide a transitional place for rehabilitation, temporary job opportunity and a shelter until the individual is able to integrate and functions in the city So here we are, international random individuals reaching out to responsible citizens to help us bridge the gap between theory and practice, common and peculiar, collective and individualistic for us all to live happy together!
And don’t forget that constructive and sincere feedbacks are great contributions!