Covid-19: the 43,000 accommodation places open for the homeless since the first confinement maintained “until March 2022”

Covid-19: the 43,000 accommodation places open for the homeless since the first confinement maintained “until March 2022”

Precipitated by the coronavirus epidemic, the effort to help the homeless will last for at least ten months. De what to relieve associations.

A homeless man in an accommodation center in Lyon (Rhône), April 25, 2020 (NICOLA VIGILANTI / HANS LUCAS / AFP)

“We will not put anyone back on the streets after the winter break.” This is the promise made by the Ministry of Housing by announcing, Friday, May 21, that the 43,000 accommodation places open since the first confinement for the homeless would be maintained. “Until the end of March 2022”. The winter break is, it, exceptionally extended this year until June 1.

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The associations feared a return to the street of these people accommodated in emergency, half thanks to agreements with a hotel industry in need of tourists, in order to respond to the unprecedented situation caused by the crisis caused by the Covid-19 and the injunction made everyone to confine themselves. In total, more than 200,000 homeless are currently lodged in accommodation centers or hotels.

Maintaining the places created since March 2020 will cost 690 million euros, which should bring the annual budget devoted to emergency accommodation to 2.9 billion, according to the ministry.

This decision mainly suspends the management of places “On the thermometer”, long criticized by associations. The general delegate of the Abbé Pierre Foundation, Christophe Robert, thus welcomes the end of a “Inhumane modus operandi”, which consisted of sheltering the most precarious in winter before sending them back into the streets each spring.

Beyond March 2022, “These places must be permanently perpetuated”, adds Florent Guéguen. “Vigilant”, the Director General of the Federation of Solidarity Actors admits however “confident” : difficult according to him to imagine Emmanuel Macron putting thousands of people back on the streets next year, on the eve of the presidential election.