The Abbé Pierre Foundation published on Monday February 1st its 26th report on the state of poor housing in France. This report highlights that the health crisis had an effect of ” double sentence »For the poorly housed. It also reveals that more than a third of young people have seen their income drop and fear unpaid rent. The Foundation also points to the too small part of the recovery plan allocated to the most precarious.
The Covid-19 crisis, “double punishment” for the poorly housed
In its 26th report on the state of poor housing in France, published Monday, February 1, the Abbé Pierre Foundation highlights the violent shock that the Covid-19 health crisis had on poor housing in France. The Foundation qualifies as “double penalty” the health crisis which has mowed down the poorly housed in France. However, the report comes to a simple conclusion: “ The two ‘crises’ combine to highlight the seriousness of poor housing and the dead ends of the policies supposed to respond to it. “.
Thus, the difficulties faced by poorly housed people are highlighted. The homeless in particular who suffered greatly from the first confinement in March 2020. ” homeless people may have found themselves unable to meet their basic needs. (They) first encountered significant difficulties in feeding themselves, due to the closure of certain day centers and social restaurants, the restriction of the number and frequency of marauding (especially during the first weeks) and loss of income from the informal economy (begging, undeclared work, etc.) “.
Young people worried about the risk of unpaid rents in 2021
The Abbé Pierre Foundation report also points to the complex situation of young people who have fallen more and more into precariousness and poor housing since the start of the crisis. Thus, the Foundation explains that during the first confinement, 58% of the students who had a paid activity had been forced to stop. 37% of them were not able to resume this activity afterwards.
A loss of income which has made a certain number of young people fall into precariousness. In the report, Manuel Domergue, director of studies at the Abbé-Pierre Foundation, recalls that “ 20% of people under 25 say they have had recourse to food aid in 2020, of which three-quarters, for the first time “. Another worrying situation for young people is the fear of not being able to pay their rent. According to the Abbé Pierre Foundation, they are 35% to fear unpaid rents in 2021.
The recovery plan too stingy with the most precarious
In its 26th report on poor housing in France, the Abbé Pierre Foundation strongly criticizes the small share of the recovery plan allocated to the most vulnerable. She recalls that alone 0.8% of the 100 billion euros of the recovery plan is devoted to aid for precarious and vulnerable people. A percentage that represents 800 million euros. A sum that may seem high but which becomes derisory when the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, figures at 500 million euros per month the cost of closing shopping centers of more than 20,000 square meters.
However, to supplement this financial assistance, the government has decided to extend the winter break once again. The Minister for Housing, Emmanuelle Wargon told the Parisian that the end of the winter break, initially scheduled for March 31, 2021, would be postponed to June 1, 2021. Thus, it will be impossible to evict a tenant for unpaid bills before June 1, 2021. An announcement that took place a few hours after the publication of the Abbé Pierre Foundation report.