Homeless people facing the Coronavirus: in Paris, “the major problem for associations is the lack of masks”, estimates the deputy in charge of Solidarity

Homeless people facing the Coronavirus: in Paris, “the major problem for associations is the lack of masks”, estimates the deputy in charge of Solidarity

“The solidarity associations will not be able to continue for long if their staff are not protected because there will be sick people,” said Dominique Versini.

Police officers walking past a homeless man asleep on a bench in Paris.  (JOEL SAGET / AFP)

A Paris, “The major problem for associations” who come to the aid of the homeless during this period of confinement, “It’s the lack of masks”, explained on franceinfo on Wednesday March 18 Dominique Versini, deputy mayor of the capital in charge of Solidarity, the fight against exclusion, the reception of refugees and the protection of children. “The masks are managed by the Regional Health Agency. The City of Paris had a stock of which it transmitted a good part to the State and now we are waiting for the State to produce more ”, explained the assistant.

If she says find “normal”That masks be used primarily by caregivers, “Solidarity associations will not be able to continue for long if their staff are not protected because there will be sick people”, she predicts, believing that there is “no reason for social workers to come to work with fear in their stomachs”.

“The associations are already operating with half of their staff”

To provide the best accommodation for people who are homeless during the epidemic, the City of Paris “Offered the State 15 gymnasiums” empty: the State has accepted six because “Each time, they have to find associations to manage them and these associations are already operating with half of their staff”. Dominique Versini deplores: “They can’t manage new things”. In these gyms, “The sanitary distance between people is respected”, explains the assistant.

In addition, Dominique Versini explained that “Hotel rooms are being searched” by the state.