Infotech A hundred homeless people accommodated after having occupied the Hôtel-Dieu in Paris

A hundred homeless people accommodated after having occupied the Hôtel-Dieu in Paris

A hundred homeless, mainly migrants, who occupied the Hôtel-Dieu hospital in Paris on Saturday afternoon, were placed in the evening in an emergency accommodation center or in a hotel, said the “Collective requisition”.

At the beginning of the afternoon on Saturday, the homeless and dozens of activists took over an area of ​​the hospital located on the Île de la Cité, for this operation called “We get warm”. They demanded accommodation as a cold wave hits the capital.

“The 115 is saturated. The device is malfunctioning ”

The homeless were taken on buses in the evening: single men were placed in emergency accommodation, while families and single women were directed to hotels, said Yann Manzi of Utopia56, one of the founding associations of “Collective requisition” with the DAL (Right to Housing).

“It’s dramatic to have to do that (occupy a hospital, editor’s note) to get people to shelter. But tonight, we are happy that there are a hundred less people outside, even if there are still hundreds more ”, reacted Yann Manzi.

He asked “An overhaul of the hosting system” so that the homeless have “Lasting solutions”.

“We marauded Thursday evening and saw at least 400 people in the street. The 115 is saturated. The device is malfunctioning ”, criticized at the beginning of the afternoon Jean-Jacques Clément, of the association Solidarité migrants Wilson.

“Several wings of the Hôtel-Dieu are empty. If we are not offered an accommodation place, we will stay there “, he had threatened.

“It’s too cold outside”

Among the homeless who occupied the Hôtel-Dieu were Afghans, including Omid, 25, in the streets of the capital for four months. “Right now, I’m sleeping in front of the Gare du Nord with four other Afghans”, he explained to AFP.

Moussa, a 48-year-old Ivorian, often spends the night in the metro. “I’ve called 115 several times, but they don’t answer. If someone offered me a place, of course I would take it: it’s too cold outside ”.

On January 24, the collective had already occupied a former nursery school in the 16th arrondissement of Paris to request accommodation for around 300 migrants. They had been sheltered temporarily in Parisian gymnasiums and then referred to accommodation centers.

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