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Housing: La Trêve Hivernale starts on November 1st

Respite for thousands of families, mobilization for associations: La Trêve Hivernale (the winter break), which begins on Wednesday 1st November suspends evictions for a period of five months.

Respite for thousands of families, mobilization for associations: La Trêve Hivernale (the winter break), which begins today, Wednesday 1st November, suspends evictions for five months, during which associations intend to work to raise the issue of housing.

They are becoming more numerous every year waiting for the 1st November.

In 2016, 15,222 households were evicted with the assistance of the public force, or about 34,400 people, according to the Abbé Pierre Foundation. A “very poor figure” slightly up (+ 0.47%) compared to the “dark record” of 2015 (15,151 deportations), which represents an increase of 140% over 15 years, says the CEO of the foundation, Christophe Robert.

The reality of evictions is two to three times as there are people who leave without the intervention of police housing

Until March 31, people threatened with eviction can now stay in the property. For the first time, slum dwellers are also affected by this truce, which was extended to them by law Equality and Citizenship.



“There are two exceptions: if there is an adequate alternative housing or if the premises are subject to a risk of stopped,” explains Christine Vales of the National Chamber of Bailiffs.

A judge may also authorize eviction during this period, especially if the occupants entered the premises by force.

If evictions are frozen, procedures, contine. But a possible decision on eviction will only be effective from the 1st April.

The number of court decisions pronouncing deportation and commandments to leave in 2016 were down slightly compared to 2015, respectively 128,146 (against 132,196) and 63,081 (against 67,905).

“Maybe there’s a surge in prevention,” hopes Christophe Robert, “But the high number of deportations with the assistance of the public force still reveals the failure of the foregoing steps to avoid this end. This is where we must act. ”

“Pulse” government

Do not wait until March 31 to discover they still will be an increase in evictions. It is now that it is played. We would like this truce be put to use in a logic of seeking alternative solutions

Faced with this “very serious situation”, “requires a general mobilization” abounds Florent Gueguen, director of the Federation of solidarity actors (former Fnars).

The associations expect a “pulse” of the government on these housing issues specific to reassure after “disturbing attack on the APL ,” according to Christophe Robert.

To stop the evictions must mobilize with targets social landlords, private landlords, bailiffs, CAF (family allowance), associations and say there are so many people threatened with eviction, will in front of these people to find solutions. This mobilization is very poor

“You have an ambition to create a dynamic at the highest level of the state that descend into the territories. We will not release the pressure on it, “says Christophe Robert.

“We also have a real problem with the state on recognized evictions of households priority Dalo”, enjoying the right to housing and whose expulsion without rehousing is prohibited by a circular of 2012, adds Florent Guegen.

According to the High Committee for the housing of disadvantaged people, 36 households in this situation have been deported since the beginning of the year (47 in 2016).

Another concern: the number of families living on the street, which “reached a peak not seen in ten years without the state or local communities have an answer for”, warns Florent Gueguen.

In the coming months, they will receive additional seats, which will gradually open from Wednesday as part of the “winter plan”.

About 10,000 emergency accommodation places will be available in addition to the nearly 120,000 already existing. But beyond that, “the end you have to prepare for the winter,” urges Florent Gueguen.

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