€70 million promised in Lisbon to re-home rough-sleepers

The marked increase in the number of homeless people in Lisbon, living on the streets, in subways, in tents and tunnels, has seen mayor Carloa Moedas pledge the creation of a new unit focused on finding accommodation solutions, at a cost of around €70 million spread over the next seven years. This is a serious problem, he admitted – one that will need not only support from local authorities, but central government. The number of homeless people in the capital increased to 491 in October this year – a sizeable leap from the 394 registered in 2022, and actually the largest number of rough-sleepers recorded since 2018.