Target: Luis de Guindos Jurado, Minister of Economy and Competitiveness
Goal: Prevent the eviction of families in Spain
For a ten year period from 1997 until 2007, Spain experienced a huge increase in construction. More houses were built in this country alone than in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom combined. The nation was booming, and families all over the country were happily able to buy their dream homes. Now, however, those dreams are being shattered as tens of thousands of families are facing eviction.
Spain has been struck by an economic crisis. There are currently five million unemployed citizens in the country, and homeowners are suffering as they can no longer afford the expensive housing they have. In the European Union, Spain has one of the highest rates of home ownership, at eighty-five percent, but only two percent of all this housing is used for rental housing. There are not enough options for citizens, and they cannot afford the options that are available.
Debt hovers over many civilians, and because of laws that make it nearly impossible for the average person to declare bankruptcy, they have no way to pay for their housing.
After facing pressure from the public in 2012, the Spanish government created a set of criteria for those being evicted. These criteria were broadened in 2013, but they are still very narrow and arbitrary, and they will only last through this year.
Spanish authorities need to act now to prevent so many of their citizens from being evicted. These people need to be able to access affordable housing. Having a decent standard of living includes having decent housing. For so many people to go without it is to deny them their basic human rights. Sign the petition below to ensure that Spanish families continue to have access to affordable and decent housing.
Dear Minister de Guindos Jurado,
The recent circumstances regarding housing in Spain are greatly affecting the people of your country. Tens of thousands of families are going into debt and cannot afford housing. Because it is so difficult for the average citizen to declare bankruptcy, these people have no way to support themselves. Entire families are being evicted and cast onto the streets with nowhere to live.
These people are suffering, but you are able to make a change. Eradicating this bankruptcy law will provide a reasonable and available method of satisfying debt for your people.
I urge you to take action for your people now. Access to housing is a basic human right—something your citizens should not be denied.
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