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Factsheet for case ES-2020-14/609 – measures in Spain

Inclusion of women experiencing gender violence in housing programmes

Inclusión de mujeres en situaciones de violencia de género en el programa de ayudas a la vivienda

Country Spain , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 31 March 2020 – 31 December 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping a safe home
Author Oscar Molina (UAB) and Eurofound
Case created 15 April 2020 (updated 01 December 2020)

Background information

The lockdown as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis has raised fears about an increase in gender-based violence, as women have to stay home.

This new program will aim to provide an immediate housing solution to people who are victims of gender-based violence, people who are evicted from their usual home, homeless people and other especially vulnerable people.

The new 'program to help victims of gender-based violence, people evicted from their habitual residence, the homeless and other especially vulnerable people', will allow them to face these extremely urgent situations, which until now have not been resolved.

Content of measure

This new program will aim to provide an immediate housing solution to people who are victims of gender-based violence, people who are evicted from their usual home, homeless people and other especially vulnerable people.

The persons referred to in the previous section and the public administrations, public companies and non-profit entities, collaborative economy or the like, may always be beneficiaries of this program, always non-profit, whose purpose is to provide a housing solution for those people and on their behalf.

The autonomous communities and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla will make available to the beneficiary a house that is publicly owned, or that has been assigned for use to a public administration, even if it maintains private ownership, appropriate to its circumstances in terms of size, services and location, to be occupied by rental, cession of use, or any temporary occupation regime admitted by law. When this type of housing is not available, the aid may be applied to suitable, privately owned housing or to any residential accommodation or facilities that may be occupied by the beneficiaries, in the same regimes.

Amount of aid

The amount of these grants, within the limits of this program and taking into account the personal circumstances of the beneficiary, may reach the following amounts:

  • a. Up to €600 per month and up to 100% of the rent or occupancy price of the property, established. In cases duly justified by the aid granting body, it may reach up to €900 per month and up to 100% of the rent or occupancy price, established.

  • b. Up to €200 per month to meet the costs of maintenance, community and basic supplies with the limit of 100% of them.

The determination of the amount must have the favorable report of the social services of the autonomous community, the city of Ceuta and Melilla or the corresponding local administration.

Use of measure

No data available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Women

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Local / regional government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

Social partners were not involved in the design, implementation or monitoring of this measure.

Views and reactions

Social partners were supportive of this measure.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Inclusion of women experiencing gender violence in housing programmes, case ES-2020-14/609 (measures in Spain), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.