The Abbé Pierre Foundation estimates that France has nearly 300,000 homeless people

The current number of homeless people (homeless) in France is around « 300 000 », says Christophe Robert, general delegate of the Abbé Pierre Foundation in the columns of the Sunday newspaper (JDD). ” It’s scary ! This number must be an electric shock. “

According to the Foundation’s calculations, since 2012, the number of homeless people has doubled. “The current figure is around 300,000 homeless people”, says Mr. Robert in The JDD.

The Foundation has counted “Around 185,000 people in accommodation centers”, “100,000 in reception centers for asylum seekers”, and “16,000 people in the slums”. “There are also the homeless, more difficult to quantify”, according to him. In total, he estimates that the number of homeless people has doubled since the latest survey by the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (Insee), which dates from 2012, and which identified around 140,000 homeless people in France.

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“We fear that a party will fall into very great precariousness”, Christophe Robert alert. Because if during the first confinement “Everyone has mobilized for homeless people”, the configuration is now different, with “A lot of evictions from squats and slums in recent months”.

After extending the winter truce until July, the government announced the activation of the winter plan from October 18, two weeks in advance. “More than 9,000 additional places have already been opened. But it remains very tense. “

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The Abbé Pierre Foundation fears the effects of the economic crisis, unemployment and declining income, which could lead the most precarious to no longer be able to pay their rent. “The evictions will resume from the 1is next april. We must anticipate this time bomb ”, warns Mr. Robert, who asks “The creation of a fund to help the payment of rents and charges, endowed with 200 million euros”, but also a plan for the construction of 150,000 social housing units per year.

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