Barcelona repurposes its accommodation to host the homeless and vulnerable families
During the COVID lockdowns, The government of Barcelona took three important steps to help those in vulnerable positions and negate the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.
Firstly, Barcelona used 200 empty tourist apartments to host vulnerable families. Secondly, it repurposed a pavilion at the Fira de Barcelona congress centre to accommodate and treat homeless people. Thirdly, the city set up three additional temporary facilities ran by the Red Cross to host the homeless. The facilities offered food, beds, showers and proper sanitation.
Being one of Europe’s most popular destinations, the COVID- 19 travel ban has hit Barcelona especially hard. With 19 million annual bed nights, Barcelona has immense capacity for accommodation. During the COVID-19 crisis, the city has found a way to put its empty rooms to good use by supporting the city’s community.
Barcelona used its capacity for accommodation to house the homeless during the COVID pandemic (11.1, 11.3)
Barcelona found a new purpose for accommodation facilities left empty during the COVID lockdowns (9.4)
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