Cold weather operation activated due to the sharp drop in temperaturesThe forecast of potentially sub-zero temperatures means the City Council is bolstering social emergency teams to detect homeless people sleeping rough and offer them accommodation at a municipal centre.
The prevention stage of the city’s cold weather operation, in place since 29 November, was changed to the warning stage yesterday and will remain so while the cold snap lasts.
This stage of the operation means the City Council is opening up a short-stay centre at the Barcelona Social Emergency and Urgent Care Centre (CUESB), with 100 places available in addition to the 72 at the Emergency Night Shelter, opened in November as part of the prevention stage. The latter will stay open all winter, complementing the 2,000+ daily accommodation places available via the City Council and Network of Attention to Homeless People (XAPSLL).
Emergency Night Shelter
During the prevention stage, the centre handled 4,717 overnight stays and the same number of breakfasts. Other services extended included 4,461 evening meals, 3,560 showers, storage of personal belongings on 3,037 occasions and nursing care on 177 occasions.
Barcelona City Council offers support for the homeless via the Social Insertion Service (SIS), tel. 932 566 650. The service operates from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 2 pm, as well as from 4 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Support is also available via the CUESB 24 hours a day (900 703 030), or by calling 112 or contacting the city police.