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Ireland Coronavirus: in France, 7,800 additional places in hotels for the homeless

19:45  04 april  2020
19:45  04 april  2020 Source:   europe1.fr

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Le ministère du Logement a annoncé samedi l'ouverture de plus de 7.800 places supplémentaires dans des hôtels pour héberger des sans-abris pendant la pandémie de coronavirus, ainsi que 2.800 places dans 73 sites de confinement pour les SDF malades. © AFP The Ministry of Housing announced on Saturday the opening of more than 7,800 additional places in hotels to accommodate the homeless during the pandemic of coronavirus, as well as 2,800 places in 73 containment sites for sick homeless people.

More than 7,800 additional places are now mobilized in hotels to house the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as 2,800 places in 73 containment sites for the homeless sick, announced Sunday the Ministry of Housing. "The system has greatly accelerated in recent days and the ramp-up continues," said a statement from the ministry. In all, "172,000 people will be accommodated this evening in general emergency accommodation structures".

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Ultimately, 80 structures planned The 73 medical sites are "dedicated to homeless people who are sick with Covid-19 but are not hospitalized". They represent nearly 2,800 places in 60 departments, including Mayotte and Reunion. The ministry plans to eventually 80 structures of this type.

In addition, an exceptional service voucher distribution system was launched on April 1, which allows homeless people to buy food and hygiene products during the health crisis, recalls the ministry's press release.

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The 7,800 additional hotel accommodation places are in addition to the 157,000 places already funded by the State, including 14,000 winter places extended until the end of May. The State has released a total of € 65 million in emergency funding to help the homeless, between food aid and additional accommodation.

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