Demand a Better Shelter System for Evicted Families in Spain

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Target: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

Goal: Provide better shelter care for evicted families

Families all over Spain are being evicted at alarming rates due to their inability to pay their mortgages. These families, with numbers upwards of 100 per day evicted, are forced to live in their cars and/or  on the streets until they can find a better form of housing.

Spain is one of the nations without a strong emergency shelter care system, thus a lot of these families have no place to turn to. The Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, has announced that he plans on taking certain measures to help the evicted families, but nothing has been done yet and they are still living in horrible conditions.

Some of the families that have been evicted are living in vacant luxury buildings that have no electricity, water, or heat. Although these living standards are nowhere near normal, the families are glad that they at least have a roof over their heads. However, they still fear eviction by local officials.

According to the New York Times, some older residents chose death after being evicted, with two 53–year-olds taking their lives after receiving their eviction notices. The shelter system has to be amended immediately so that families can have a place to reside so that they can actively look for better options.

Not only are there few shelter locations, the Spanish system records debt history which makes it extremely difficult for evicted people to find housing that requires rent since the landlords are fearful that they will miss their rent. Furthermore, there are a lot of vacant housing units throughout the cities that continue to remain empty because the housing system is so flawed.

Oftentimes, evicted people move into these vacant units and hope that they will not be forced to leave. The squatting tradition in Spain is constantly growing because housing is so hard to find and afford.

Evictions will continue to hurt thousands of families if the government does not improve their housing and shelter systems. Spain must reform their shelters so that people can have a place to go to while they figure out their futures.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Rajoy,

The increasing rate of homeless people in your nation is alarming. Hundreds of families are evicted per day throughout the country, and they all have nowhere to go since the emergency shelter system is so ineffective. These families are forced to live on the streets or in their cars while trying to make a living and a future. They need a place to stay so that they can make a more stable return to society.

Many of these evicted families become squatters since their history of debt follows them around and prevents them from being able to rent. I understand that paying one’s mortgage on time is important but if you are going to evict so many families, you have to make sure they have a place to go to. Without shelter it becomes that much harder for these families to find a future.

Please amend the shelter system and take care of your homeless.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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