As part of the first phase of the European End Street Homelessness Campaign, the Spanish cities of Valencia and Barcelona and the London boroughs of Westminster and Croydon have conducted Registry Weeks during 2016. These cities have all taken the first step in ending chronic street homelessness, through finding out the names and stories of those sleeping rough.
Petra Salva, Director of Street Homelessness and Outreach Services at St. Mungo’s, one of the organisations taking part in Westminster, said, “Putting an end to rough sleeping is an ambition worth having. I don’t know how we can have anything else? I’ve had enough of being told it’s not possible…I’ve had enough of seeing people dying on our streets alone and scared and feeling forgotten.’
Each city is now using the data collected to consider appropriate solutions for them. The next step is to take the learning from this pilot stage to a second phase of cities. The knowledge and experiences gained so far can be used to help those new cities.
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