The Barcelona City Council, through the Municipal Institute of Housing and Rehabilitation, held on Tuesday, January 10, an informative meeting in the Sant Andreu district aimed, especially, at senior citizens, where details of public housing developments in Trinitat Vella, within the Porta Trinitat complex, and Building C of Casernes were made known.
The Community Life Center (C. Via Favència, 399) in Sant Andreu was a great success, and the City Council will hold a second meeting on Tuesday, January 17 at 5 p.m., in the same place. This first session was attended by the Councilor for Housing and Rehabilitation of the Barcelona City Council, Lucía Martín; the Councilor for Health, Aging and Cures, Gemma Tarafa; as well as the technical director of the Registry of Applicants and Housing Adjudication, Esther Ródenas.
The latter, precisely, was in charge of explaining the operation of the adjudication process, which citizens can carry out through the Register of Applicants for Subsidized Housing (HPO), an essential service for all those who want to access subsidized housing in Barcelona.
During the meeting, it was visualized the bet that the Barcelona City Council is developing to increase the public housing stock with services for the elderly. In the past, 1,433 serviced housing units have been offered throughout the city, with the districts of Sant Martí, Ciutat Vella, Nou Barris, and Sant Andreu being the most important.
Special emphasis was placed on the two developments underway in Sant Andreu, which are scheduled to be completed in June 2023 with 291 public rental housing units. Of these, 237 will have specific services for the elderly, reinforcing the City Council’s commitment to this group.
In the case of the Trinitat Vella development, within the Porta Trinitat complex, it will cost 18.3 million euros and will offer 139 public housing units, of which 85 will be for the elderly, while the remaining 54 will be for social rental. The Casernes development will cost 16.3 million euros and will consist of 152 homes, a subway parking lot, and a youth center. In both developments, the homes for the elderly are all one-bedroomed and have common areas and an A energy certificate.
At present, there are six developments under construction in the Sant Andreu district (between Bon Pastor, Sant Andreu, Trinitat Vella, and Sagrera), which, once completed, will offer up to 481 homes, while seven more developments are scheduled to begin construction shortly.
The upward trend in the acquisition of public housing is also evident in the figures for Sant Andreu. From June 2015 to August 2022, a total of 51 homes have been acquired, coming from the sum of 34 homes acquired individually and 17 homes from two entire estates. Of these, the Trinitat Vella neighborhood is the most representative.