The Abbé-Pierre Foundation wants an “electric shock” for the “300,000 homeless”

A homeless man, in Paris on January 15, 2019. – Clément Follain / 20 Minutes

The figure is particularly worrying and symbolic: since 2012, the number of homeless doubled in France. It thus turns around “300,000”, affirms Christophe Robert, general delegate of the Abbé-Pierre Foundation, in the columns of the Sunday newspaper. ” It’s scary ! This figure must be an electric shock, ”he protests fearing the resumption of expulsions.

In total, the foundation counted “about 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,” he said. “We fear that a party will fall into very great precariousness,” warns Christophe Robert. Because if during the first confinement “everyone mobilized for homeless people”, the configuration is today different with “many evictions from squats and slums in recent months”.

” A time bomb “

“More than 9,000 additional places have already been opened. But it’s still very tense, ”he adds. Because according to the Abbé-Pierre Foundation, “with the economic crisis and mass unemployment, many people risk no longer being able to pay for their housing”. “And the evictions will resume from April 1st. We must anticipate this time bomb, “warns Christophe Robert, asking in particular” for the creation of a fund to help pay rents and charges, endowed with 200 million euros “. And downstream, “we must develop sustainable housing solutions”, he adds, pleading for the construction of 150,000 social housing units per year.

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