Magazine article New Internationalist

Radical Housing Fix

Magazine article New Internationalist

Radical Housing Fix

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SPAIN

Relief may finally be at hand for people evicted from their homes during Spain's financial crisis. A new leftwing army of local and regional politicians, elected in May on pledges to act for the people, is already having an effect.

In Barcelona, new mayor Ada Colau spent her first day on the job personally halting several home evictions - as she did for years as an activist heading the Platform for People Affected by Mortgages (PAH). Colau continues to call bank managers on behalf of families to confirm temporary stays of eviction, and has reconvened the city's eviction prevention committee.

Colau ousted conservative Xavier Trias to be elected the city's first female mayor. After declaring the housing emergency her top priority, she presented a poverty action plan in July to create 'a fairer and more equal Barcelona', focusing on housing, food, health services and employment. …

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