Thursday, May 19

Paris: residents of Saint-Fargeau demonstrate against the project of a homeless reception center

A demonstration which took place on Saturday in front of the town hall of the 20th arrondissement in Paris brought together several residents who protest against the opening next September of a daytime reception center for the homeless.

Located rue Saint-Fargeau, the former premises of the CPAM, with a surface area of ​​700 m2, have been rented by the Salvation Army.

The decision to assign it to the reception of the homeless worries the residents, including Pierre, a protester and resident of the district. “We are not fighting against the Salvation Army,” he told CNEWS. For him, “there is no need to bring in the 20e, such a gigantic center to manage the homeless”.

In addition, local residents feel duped by the owner of the building. The latter would have told them that the premises were to accommodate offices. However, local residents discovered at the start of the work that it was in fact a center.

An assembly to delay the project

For the inhabitants, this project adopted with a “total absence of consultation” is “dangerous for the district”.

A petition launched online gathered more than 1,800 signatures.

At an extraordinary general meeting of co-owners to be held this Thursday, a majority of votes against the project is expected in order to delay its implementation.

While this Monday, January 24, the municipal council of the 20th is meeting, the mayor of the borough, Eric Pliez, must be questioned about the project.

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