Coronavirus: emergency accommodation centers remain open for the homeless, assures the Minister of Housing

Coronavirus: emergency accommodation centers remain open for the homeless, assures the Minister of Housing

Julien Denormandie spoke on Tuesday with the associative networks in charge of emergency accommodation, to ensure the shelter of the homeless in the context of the Covid-19 health crisis.

A homeless man in the city center of Toulouse, while France goes into confinement on March 17, 2020 to contain the epidemic linked to the coronavirus.  (FREDERIC SCHEIBER / HANS LUCAS / AFP)

Not everyone is in the same boat to apply the confinement instructions decreed to stem the coronavirus epidemic. The situation of homeless people is of particular concern. But the government ensures, Wednesday March 18, that it is organized with the associations “So that solidarity continues for the most disadvantaged”.

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Concretely, “Accommodation structures must remain open in order to be able to continue to accommodate people in distress”, indicates in a press release on Minister in charge of the City and Housing. Julien Denormandie recalls that 157,000 people are currently accommodated in centers, in places financed by the State and managed by associations.

Places for homeless people with coronavirus

Emergency shelters will remain open but their activities “Can however be strongly disturbed”, recognizes the Minister, who assures however that“Regular exchanges” are carried out with the prefects and associations to monitor the situation. Some structures will be reorganized with staff redeployments and pooling of services ”, he adds.

In addition, Julien Denormandie announces the establishment of specialized accommodation centers for homeless people suffering from the coronavirus, but whose situation does not relate to hospitalization. The first two so-called centers of “loosening” will open in Paris in the coming days, for a total of 150 places, including the first by Friday. “This deployment will accelerate in the rest of the territory in the following days”, says the minister. The creation of these Specialized accommodation centers are managed by the prefectures, in conjunction with the regional health agencies (ARS).