On 16 June, 31 civil-society organizations, including the Fondation Abbé-Pierre, Emmaüs and France Terre d’Asile, asked the French Government to relaunch the housing policy for homeless people and people living in substandard housing, denouncing the gap between official speeches and reality.
Civil-society organizations “wish to warn the Government on a series of concerns that they fear could jeopardize the ‘Refoundation’ process” of the housing and access-to-housing system, they wrote in a letter addressed to Prime Minister François Fillon, Minister of Environment Jean-Louis Borlo and Secretary of State for Housing Benoist Apparu. The Government launched in 2008 a national reform supposed to reinforce the housing sector in 5 years.
However, according to civil-society organizations, “the gap between the ambitions expressed in early 2008 and the apathy and withdrawal in some public services has become unbearable”.
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