Conscious rentals for refugees: from “not possible” to the decision to take part

When in June 2018, Nerea Melgosa, councilor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, asked me to apply the new process of conscious rentals for refugee families, my answer was “not possible”. The cultural and linguistic differences seemed to me to difficult to overcome. But the real walls are in our heads … Empathizing with Nerea’s concern led me to


Good Practice European Commission

The European Union recognizes as “Good Practice” the Arteale project Casas sin Gente para Gente sin Casa. The Empty Houses for the Homeless project helps refugees in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain find their homes by establishing strong trust between them and the owners of empty properties through the use of collaborative law and ‘conscious contracts’.  

Conscious Agreements


Dissemination of the project Empty Homes For The Homeless at the  Sagrado Corazón – Corazonistas School in  Vitoria-Gasteiz, with the presentation of the project to students and the educational community and the drawing contest. Do you know that there are more than 11 million empty houses in the European Union? Do you know that Spain