On Friday, May 26th, up to five families affected by a situation of vulnerability received the keys to their new homes, allowing them to live in a more dignified manner in the city of Barcelona. The delivery of keys is the result of the Emergency Board’s actions, the mechanism that coordinates the Barcelona Housing Consortium in assigning apartments from the Social Rental Fund.
The allocation of homes takes place monthly, and this month of May, it was granted to five recipient families who will reside in properties located in the districts of Sant Martí (one familiy), Ciutat Vella (one), Horta-Guinardó (one), and Nou Barris (two).
All families who have been able to choose to access a new home in Barcelona, and who were in a vulnerable situation, have followed the steps outlined in the procedure. Firstly, they must make an appointment in advance with the Barcelona Housing Office to have their case evaluated and a report prepared on their specific situation.
From this point on, the Emergency Board is responsible for evaluating and analyzing the received applications from the Offices in order to allocate the available homes. All allocations can be consulted at this link.
The homes are intended for cohabitation units at risk of residential exclusion, such as being in the process of eviction due to rental debt, foreclosure, or surrender of the property as payment for a mortgage debt, in a situation of residential exclusion due to domestic violence, or the property in question there are minors, elderly people or those living in a situation of neglect, in precarious hygienic, sanitary and safety conditions.
In the event that there are not enough available apartments to accommodate the positively evaluated applications by the Emergency Board, homes will be allocated as they become part of the Social Rental Fund until the next month’s Emergency Board meeting. Information and regulations regarding the Emergency Board can be found on the website of the Barcelona Housing Consortium.