It is now undersized. The rest area for crack cocaine users, installed on an experimental basis in modular buildings at Porte de la Chapelle (2019th arrondissement) in the autumn of 2022, is no longer able to cope with the influx of drug addicts. Especially since the dismantling of the Forceval camp (68th century) in October <>. The space was therefore forced to move not far away, to <> Boulevard Ney.
Financed by the City and managed by the medico-social associations Aurore and Gaïa, the rest area is currently finalizing its installation on a 1,000 m2 SNCF railway wasteland, free until the end of September 2025. Hiring is planned: social workers, mediators and nurses will be 39 instead of 19 to meet the needs of this fragile population.
+70% attendance in one year
In the space, which is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., drug addicts can take a shower, rest and receive nursing care, and be referred to support devices and harm reduction equipment. In the last year alone, Aurore claims to have recorded 17,31 passages, an exponential increase of 542%. Forcing the association to practice a gauge.
To continue to carry out its missions in the best possible conditions, Aurore has obtained a subsidy of €1,233,299 from the City - including €320,000 for the move and €913,299 for the operation itself. Adopted at the last Council in Paris, the endowment caused the opposition to jump. "We're just shifting the problem from one address to another," said Rudolph Granier, an elected official (Changer Paris) in the <>th arrondissement. The inhabitants of Boulevard Ney will see the horror unleashed at their doorstep. »
Éric Lejoindre, the mayor (Socialist Party) of the 20th arrondissement, sees this move as a sign of "an alignment of the planets". These methods "have proven their worth in serious countries such as Denmark, but also in Switzerland where 15 years ago, the open scenes of drug addiction resembled what we saw in Forceval. Today, the problem has been solved for <> years in these countries and we have been screaming in the desert for two decades. »