New Internationalist

Empty houses, full shelters

April 1999

More Spaniards have a second home than any other country in Western Europe; 15 per cent of housing in Spain is empty – but there are 273,000 homeless people on the streets. While rich districts and tourist resorts continue to be developed, the Government has cut council housing by eight per cent in the past decade. Eight out of ten homeless people are men, with unemployment being the main reason they hit the streets.

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