The second confinement is a new blow to the French hotel industry.
If the hotels can remain open during the reconfinement, they are deserted for lack of tourists.
While the directors of establishments decide to close their doors, others have decided to make good heart against bad luck, by offering rooms to the most deprived.
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This is the case with the Hotel Avenir Montmartre located on Boulevard de Rochechouart, in Paris.
In fact, since November 6, the establishment has been made available to the Emmaüs Solidarité association, which helps the homeless.
The hotelier knew our association well
”, explains Bruno Morel, managing director of Emmaus Solidarity, “
he therefore contacted us to suggest that we make his establishment available for a period of one year
”, he says. .
The establishment was quickly transformed into an emergency accommodation center by the association's teams and a team of ten people was put in place to take care of the 85 new residents 24 hours a day in one of the 42 hotel rooms.
Those in charge of the association could not have dreamed of better to carry out their mission.
A hotel is the ideal solution for us
", explains Bruno Morel, "
the rooms are equipped and the kitchens allow us to serve meals on site
", he explains.
This proposal from the management of the Hotel Avenir Montmartre was all the more welcome as the association was preparing to close another lodged center due to works.
The authorities had made buildings available to us before renovating them with the aim of being transformed into social housing
", explains to
the director general of Emmaus Solidarity.
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Currently, the association has around forty centers mainly located in Île-de-France with a total capacity of 4,000 accommodation places.
Associated with the marauding, these allow the 800 employees and 600 volunteers of Emmaüs Solidarités to help 5,000 people in difficulty every day.
This device is not sufficient, "
at present we have spotted 500 people without solutions in Paris
", deplores Bruno Morel.