Homeless people face eviction in Le Mans: "there is no way these people end up on the street"

Homeless people face eviction in Le Mans: "there is no way these people end up on the street"

The neighboring Barbara house has been occupied since September 1 by a collective for housing homeless people. © Maxime DAVOUST/Actu Le Mans

What was supposed to be a temporary solution has been going on for almost two months now: the Barbara social hall in the Sablons district Mans (Sarth), inhabited by homeless people.

The initiative, carried out by a collective of citizens and associations, is not to the taste of the municipality… It requested the intervention of the court. On Friday, October 28, she could decide to evacuate the community center.

“They had to at least have a roof over their heads”

“Since July, we have been warned that there are a certain number of people, families with children, who no longer have accommodation at number 115,” recalls a representative of the Committee for the Right to Housing (Dal) 72.

These homeless people, originally hidden in tents, occupied the community center from September 1. “We saw that the beginning of the school year was approaching. They had to at least have a roof over their heads. »

Negotiations with the town hall

According to Dal, the city hall “was aware of what was happening. There was no reaction from his side.”
And “given the number of people who were on the street, what was imposed on us was the requisition of a place large enough for a certain number of people”.

Negotiations were blocked by a stumbling block: the refusal to release the names of the homeless.
“We were inclined not to take sides when they asked us very regularly who they were and how many families there were,” suggests a sympathizer of the movement.

As the mayor explained, Stephane Le Foll“the risk is renoi or OQTF (editor’s note: obligation to leave French territory)”.

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Thirty people, ten of them children

On October 26, according to the data provided by the associations, around thirty people, including around ten children, would have stayed in Barbara’s room.

“It is not possible that these people will be on the street by the end of the week,” regrets the “A l’abri” collective.

The situation of “homelessness” and “bad housing” that affects Le Mans…and that shouldn’t happen anytime soon… Nationally, the government plans to cancel 14,000 emergency accommodation places.

MP calls for “dignified solutions”

The M.P sarthois Elise Leboucher “regrets the methods adopted by the municipality”:

I ask that dignified solutions be found to provide long-term housing for families and many children. Furthermore, I request that these solutions prevent expulsion. I also note the hasty justice of the occupation and the unnecessary ostracization of the mobilized associations. These methods cannot create the conditions for a calm, constructive and favorable exchange with vulnerable people.

From his side, mayor of Mans, Stephane Le Foll, said: “We will not leave children on the street. It is very clear to us. But you also have to follow the rules. »

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