Tuesday, October 19

Open letter to members of Congress and the Senate

At least 33,000 people in our country do not have keys that open the door of a home for them. It is inconceivable that we accept as normal that there are people living on the streets of our cities and in HOME YES We are convinced that it is possible to solve the problem of homelessness in Spain. Today Sunday, October 10, is World Homelessness Day, and I want to emphasize that guaranteeing the right to housing is possible and urgent: it only takes political will and the necessary budget.

The Council of Ministers has just approved the preliminary draft of the General State Budget Law 2022 and, shortly, it will begin its parliamentary procedure. You, members of Congress and the Senate, now have the keys to permanently close the door to homelessness, a violation of human rights that has no place in a democratic society.

Our organization has met with all the groups of the parliamentary arch that have wanted to listen to our proposals and from here, we want to thank them for opening the doors of their offices to bring them closer to a reality that, despite being present in our streets, is invisible in the General State Budgets.

One more year, from HOGAR SÍ we insist on the need to transform speeches into concrete financial commitments. During the last year, Congress has approved three Non-Law Proposals, the common goal of which is the eradication of homelessness. Ladies and gentlemen, we know that you are on our side, on the side of the people who suffer from this situation. However, if we do not provide public policies with an adequate budget, they will once again become dead paper. The Comprehensive National Strategy for the homeless was born in 2015 to respond to the 33,000 homeless people, but in these six years not a single euro has been specifically earmarked for its financing. The Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies itself has indicated that the lack of a specific budget for its development within the General State Budgets has been one of the fundamental factors in its low level of implementation. Wet paper.

Ladies and gentlemen, you know better than we do that strategies and plans are essential for the proper development of public policies that should help solve the problems of our country’s neighbors, but without an adequate budget, they will never be strategic. and they will continue to be catalogs of action proposals depending on the will of each administration. If we want the next strategy for the fight against homelessness to go from being a mere guide of recommendations and good intentions to being a truly transformative public policy, it must have a detailed budget and express financial commitments for its implementation by the organizations. state, regional and local administrations.

Solving homelessness, finding the keys for the 33,000 people who today do not have a home, also requires the participation of different ministerial departments. Homelessness is not just a social services problem. It also requires the participation of public housing policies and that homelessness be present in the priorities of the State Housing Plan. We already celebrate at the time that the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda will include a program to help the homeless, among other vulnerable groups, in 2020. The future Plan, which is currently being designed, should reinforce this program and generate the Necessary coordination mechanisms, also at the budgetary level, with the social services areas, so that housing and social support go hand in hand. The needs of people do not understand items, types of spending, sections, or programs. The General State Budgets must provide for sufficient collaboration mechanisms between departments and administrations, so that services to citizens are provided in a coordinated manner.

From HOGAR SÍ we have already helped Julián, Eric, Elena, Manuel, Rocío,…, and thus up to more than six hundred people have found keys with which to open the door of their house. Deputies and deputies, senators and senators, find the keys with us and incorporate an item in the budgets that will open at least 33,000 doors so that no one lives on the streets in our country. Homeless people need real commitments and concrete actions.


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