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President Macron: do better for the homeless

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  • French rough sleeping is becoming a crisis.
  • In Paris alone, family homelessness has quadrupled in 3 years.
  • 23% of homeless are over 50 years old.
  • 62% of homeless are men and children.
  • The homeless are evenly split between French nationals and foreigners.

Faced with a situation unworthy of the seventh economic power in the world, the Collective asks you to commit yourself to ensuring that no child is forced to live on the streets from January 2020. This objective, which must be extended to all homeless people, can be reached if the State immediately mobilises all the sites available in its property, local authorities or private companies to open suitable reception centres, including via requisition when necessary. The departmental councils, competent in the care of single mothers with children under 3 years of age, must take part in this national mobilisation.

Florent Guéguen and Christophe Robert , on behalf of the United Associations Collective for a new housing policy
Le Parisien

As in almost all countries, women benefit from more stable shelter conditions than men. It is children who need to be concentrated on first for housing, then men.

Ligue des droits de l’Homme call for thirty thousand accommodation places (including 10,000 in 2020) to be created for people and families seeking asylum who are today forced to live in makeshift shelters for lack of places available.

In Paris, nearly families call the emergency shelter telephone number every day, yet are not accommodated. This is four times what the numbers were three years previously. A humanitarian crisis is spreading in most major cities, including Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Marseille and Rennes. More squats and camps are appearing across the country, creating fears not only of suffering and death through exposure but crime and disease.

More information, in French, available from Le Parisien; and from ined in English and French..

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