France has “300,000” homeless, according to the Abbé Pierre Foundation

The current number of homeless people in France “revolves around 300,000”, figures the general delegate of the Abbé Pierre Foundation, Christophe Robert, in the columns of the JDD, Sunday November 15. According to the foundation’s calculations, the number of homeless people has doubled in France since 2012. “It’s scary! That number must be an electric shock”, valued its general delegate.

The Abbé Pierre 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 his Executive Officer.

“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”.

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 expulsions will resume from April 1 next. We must anticipate this time bomb.”, warns his delegate general. Christophe Robert asks in particular “the creation of a fund to help the payment of rents and charges, endowed with 200 million euros”. And downstream, “sustainable housing solutions”, with the construction of 150,000 social housing units per year.

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