Comprehensive National Strategy for the Homeless 2015-2020

The 2015-2020 Comprehensive National Strategy for the Homeless is the instrument proposed by the Government to address homelessness and create a comprehensive framework of action for this group of people. Homelessness is the most extreme result of social exclusion in our country and the most visible. Despite this visibility, homelessness is one of the least known phenomena and has not been addressed with comprehensive policies. Rise in the number of those over 45 who are homeless. A large increase was detected in the over-45 age bracket. This group accounted for 29% of the total number of homeless people in 2005 and 42.5% in 2012. The counts taken in Madrid confirm this trend: homeless people over 50 accounted for 19% of the total in 2009 and 38.7% in 2014. In consequence, the average age of the homeless rose from 43.42 years of age in 2009 to 45.1 in 2014. The overall proportion of homeless women also increased. In the 45-64 bracket, women accounted for 12% of the group in 2005 and 17% in 2012, and in the over 64 group 17% in 2005 and 21% in 2012.