In Puy de Dome, emergency accommodation is already saturated

On September 5, 2022, Secours populaire du Puy-de-dôme issued a warning regarding nine families in the street, including 17 children between the ages of 5 and 17. In our column, Nicole Louvais, president of the Divisional Association, outraged: It focuses on international conventions on the rights of children.

More Appeals and Tighter Standards

cause? ? Repeated unsuccessful calls to 115, an emergency and reception number for homeless people, managed by Anef 63. Its mission is to provide temporary accommodation solutions for homeless people.

According to François Roche, president of Anef 63, there are several reasons for this situation. And in September, when families need stability, the pressure becomes more intense in September. The applicant’s profile has also changed. Before Covid, there were very few students, but today it has become the norm. »

The president of Anef 63 also noted that the prefecture’s vulnerability standards have become stricter than before.

“We don’t have the same vision for things. Single women with children are no longer part of the vulnerable population in state services. They are asked to avoid short-term human care. The ‘Housing First’ policy, promulgated in 2017, prioritizes long-term stays. »

John Roach (President of Anef 63)

According to the prefecture, “on September 1, 2022, the number of permanent accommodation establishments in Puy de Dôme increased by 198% compared to 2017”.

The National Service only mentions “415 locations for hotel nights” for short-term people’s care, more than double the number in 2018 (1,064 locations) than the winter system. For the country, “the policy aims to simplify the emergency response system.”

“The root of the problem is that there are not enough places in temporary housing and there is little rotation,” says Fabien, housing manager at Secours Populaire. “Empty houses, isn’t that what Clermont lacks!?

“Nobody sleeps outside!”: The warning cry of the Puy de Dome secur masses

115 has recorded about 9,700 calls since January. Many do not succeed.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Jean Roche warns.

John Roach (President of Anef 63)

According to Article L345-2-2 of the Code of Social Action and Families, “A homeless person in a situation of medical, psychological or social distress has access to an emergency accommodation system at any time.»

Mary Bernard

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