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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #305 - Spotlight, Poor housing: For a moratorium on unpaid rents (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 19 May 2020 08:34:52 +0300

In this period of confinement, many are those who are left without help in the face of the state of health emergency. Badly housed, homeless, undocumented, precarious tenants are left without resources and destitute. ---- Like the dismantling of the public hospital, housing policies have the same disastrous consequences in this period of health emergency. The confinement imposed on the population quickly turns into hell for the four million poorly housed and the 143,000 homeless [1]in mainland France, for whom nothing has been planned upstream. ---- In each large metropolis, hundreds of people, among the most vulnerable, have been abandoned on the street or in makeshift shelters and other shantytowns without running water, exiles, young foreigners and foreign minors who are not recognized as such, deprived of food aid distributed by associations, and it was only a week after the start of confinement that the State began to tinker with some accommodation solutions in collective structures such as gymnasiums, unsuitable for a fight against the epidemic, desertification centers (sic) or low-end hotels where promiscuity is the rule.

However, as early as March, associations [2]urgently seized the Council of State to request the requisition of tourist furnished rental accommodation (airBnB) and vacant hotel rooms, to shelter the homeless, exiles and the 218,000 overcrowded households, as well as access to essential medical equipment for the protection of these people and the nursing staff. Application dismissed, like that initiated by five other associations [3]who asked for the closure of the Administrative Detention Centers, despite the calls for help made by the undocumented migrants who remain locked up there while there is no longer any flight abroad. The requisition by the State of the very large number of empty dwellings remains the only just and dignified solution.

One in ten tenants in debt
However, the greatest number of those who will suffer, in the long term, from this confinement are certainly the tenants, who represent 39.9% of the population (42.6% in the public park and 57.4% in the private) and who suffer a fall in income (partial unemployment or total absence of income) and increased expenditure (absence of canteens, increased consumption of fluids). One in ten tenants had rent debts before the state of emergency. How many will be threatened with eviction in a few months ?

While in Germany, Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, and even Switzerland, various measures have been taken to help tenants, the French government is considering nothing more than rent aid ... Businesses !

Droit au Logement (Dal) and many supporters have decided to challenge this government and public and private lessors in favor of a rent moratorium for tenants in difficulty. For a moratorium during the epidemic [4]builds a movement of solidarity between tenants and their supporters, calling on those who can (without putting themselves in difficulty) to suspend their rent until obtaining a moratorium. The " after " must be built today !

Clo (UCL 93 Center)


[1] Source FAP 2020

[2] DAL Federation, Kâlî, LDH, Elected officials against violence against women, Emergency rights, Gisti, Utopia 56, Christian action against torture

[3] ADDE, Cimade, SAF, GISTI and CNB

[4] Call available on the Loyersuspendu.org website

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