Several mayors and elected officials of large left-wing cities are once again sounding the alarm about the fate of street children three days before the official entry into winter and urging the government to act, in a column broadcast on Sunday .
Mr. Minister, will you keep your commitment for children who sleep outside?
” calls out the EELV mayor of Strasbourg Jeanne Barseghian to the address of Olivier Klein in charge of housing in the Borne government.
This text broadcast on social networks is supported by mayors of several large cities all classified on the left, Anne Hidalgo (PS) for Paris, Grégory Doucet (EELV) for Lyon, Éric Piolle (EELV) for Grenoble, Mathieu Klein (PS) for Nancy or even the city councilors of Villeurbanne (Metropolis of Lyon) or Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis).
These elected officials believe that the Minister of Housing has failed to keep his "
" when he had expressed his "
" in September not to see "
children on the street
" this winter.
On the contrary, elected officials argue that "
hundreds of children sleep in unworthy and chaotic conditions
In October, associations for the defense of the homeless had estimated the number of homeless children in France at around 2,000.
Some 200,000 emergency accommodation places are open to meet the needs, including 45,000 in Ile-de-France.
The drop in temperatures also led to the launch of the extreme cold plan to house more homeless people in Paris and Ile-de-France and in three other regions, Grand Est, Normandy and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes while 53 departments have "
" the marauding, according to the minister's entourage.
In Paris, 2,500 people have been sheltered since the plan was launched on Monday, the same source said.
An exhibition center located in the La Villette district in the north of Paris was also requisitioned overnight from Saturday to Sunday so that marauders could send homeless women and children there.
200 places are available there.
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However, these actions remain insufficient in the eyes of elected representatives on the left, who are calling on the State for a "
universal plan for the emergency accommodation of all children
" ignoring their "
the sustainable increase
" in resources dedicated to emergency accommodation and "
the implementation of a policy of renovation and requisition of housing
In October, a dozen left-wing mayors had already campaigned to refuse the reduction in the number of emergency accommodation places in 2023.