Council of Europe. Article 31 of the European Social Charter states that everyone has the Right to Housing.

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COUNCIL OF EUROPE, STRASBOURG, FRANCE. 

▶ „Article 31 – The Right to Housing

With a view to ensuring the effective exercise of the right to housing, the Parties undertake to take measures designed:

  • to promote access to housing of an adequate standard ;
  • to prevent and reduce homelessness with a view to its gradual elimination ;
  • to make the price of housing accessible to those without adequate resources“.

▶ To celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October 2018), the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe organised a working session on Article 31 of the European Social Charter which states that everyone has the Right to Housing. The lack of respect for the right to housing has serious impact on the health of those concerned, on their access to the labour market, education, protection, privacy, autonomy. In other words, it impedes them from living a dignified life. Article 31 is therefore a cornerstone, the respect of which guarantees the fundamental rights laid down in the European Social Charter.

The European Observatory for Non-Discrimination and Fundamental Rights took part in this day with the preparation of recommendations for the implementation of Article 31 of the European Social Charter, following the decisions and conclusions recently adopted by the European Committee of Social Rights.

▶ Failure to respect the right to housing violates this article. Considering the limited number of Council of Europe member States that have accepted article 31 (14 so far), other articles of the Charter provide equivalent protection for the right to housing such as Article 16 which deals with the right of the family to legal and economic social protection or Article 11 relating to right to health. In addition, cases of national jurisprudence condemning „sleep merchants“ (owners who rent substandard housing) have been discussed, as well as recent judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.

The European Social Charter is a Treaty of the Council of Europe that guarantees fundamental social and economic rights, which is the counterpart of the European Convention on Human Rights, which refers to civil and political rights. It guarantees a wide range of everyday human rights related to employment, housing, health, education, social protection and social services.

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European Social Charter

Poverty is a violation of Fundamental Rights.

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1/ The European Charter of Fundamental Rights sets out the basic rights that must be respected both by the European Union and the Member States when implementing EU law.

The European Charter of Fundamental Rights is a legally binding instrument that was drawn up in order to expressly recognise, and give visibility to, the role of fundamental rights in the legal order of the Union.

European Parliament has focused in particular on the issue of codifying Fundamental Rights in a legally binding document. In 1994, it drew up a list of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed by the Union. It placed special emphasis on the drafting of the Charter by making it ‘one of its constitutional priorities’ and stipulating the requirements to be met. In particular:

  • The European Charter needed to be given fully binding legal status by incorporating it into the TEU („A Charter […] constituting merely a non-binding declaration and […] doing no more than merely listing existing rights would disappoint citizens’ legitimate expectations“); European Parliament thus called for the Charter to be incorporated into the Treaty of Nice and the new Constitutional Treaty ;
  • Fundamental Rights needed to be recognised as indivisible, by making the European Charter applicable to all the institutions, bodies and policies of the EU, including those under the second and third pillars, in the context of the powers and functions conferred upon it by the Treaties.

European Parliament has regularly called for the EU to accede to the ECHR, stressing that this would not duplicate the role of the now binding Charter. It called several times for the establishment of the European Agency for Fundamental Rights.

In two resolutions in 2014, Parliament also called for the creation of a ‘Copenhagen mechanism’, which would constitute a more efficient tool to ensure that Member States fully respect the fundamental values of the Union and the requirements of Democracy and the Rule of Law.

On 25 October 2016, European Parliament adopted a resolution with recommendations to the Commission on the establishment of an EU mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights.

2/ Work must provide full access to Fundamental Rights.

Each situation of Poverty, despite a full-time work as described in this article below, is a violation of Fundamental Rights.

The Associations in charge of helping people in precarious situations, without public subsidies, have a heavy burden.

Poverty, because of a lack of access to housing, a lack of access to health, a lack of access to work or vocational training, is always a violation of Fundamental Rights in itself.

Learn more about poor workers : https://www.lemonde.fr

Learn more about the Charter of Fundamental Rights The Charter of Fundamental Rights

Integration of ethnic and national minorities : Roma and Romanian children. Access to education.

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Objective : To encourage the integration of Roma and Romanian children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in FRANCE. To provide for free distribution of schoolbags. To promote children’s rights, living in discriminated communities, and their right to education.

Location of the action : area of NANTES (44), FRANCE.

Means and resources deployed :

September 2018 : Our Association sent out a Team of volunteers to organize free distributions of schoolbags to Roma and Romanian children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in the area of NANTES.

Learn more : “For more than a thousand years, Roma people have been an integral part of European civilisation. Today, with an estimated population of 10-12 million in Europe, approximately six million of whom live in the EU, Roma people are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe“.  (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights)

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Distribution of schoolbags.

Distribution of schoolbags.

Supporting homeless persons in La Rochelle, FRANCE.

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Objective :To support homeless persons in La Rochelle, France.

Location of the action : La Rochelle, FRANCE.

Means and resources deployed :

July 2018 : A OENDDF Mobile Team on patrol was in LA ROCHELLE to meet homeless persons, to discuss with them, to help them with food aid and to support them.

Creation of social link and relationships of trust with homeless persons. Discussions about the possibilities of an access to a small flat in the private Housing Stock with the „RSA“ (French „Active Solidarity Income“).

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The OENDDF Mobile Team on patrol in La Rochelle, France, to support homeless persons.

The OENDDF Mobile Team on patrol in La Rochelle, France, to support homeless persons.

The OENDDF Mobile Team on patrol in La Rochelle, France, to support homeless persons.

Homeless Veterans in the USA.

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Homeless Veterans, in the United States – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The US National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates that on any given night, 200.000 veterans are homeless and 400.000 veterans will experience homeless during the course or a year.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD on the right picture – combined with a lack of social ties and a lack of family, are partly responsible for these homelessness situations.

 Through 2018, the European Observatory for non-discrimination and fundamental Rights will gather testimonies in the United States on how to help and support homeless persons, especially those who have carried out military tasks in the service of their country and suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Picture : SpreadPeace.org / with comments from Marine Corps @Chris.Tinney VMA 134.

 

Figures of poor housing in France, in 2017.

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Figures of poor housing, in France, in 2017.

In FRANCE, the number of reforms in progress must not hide the fact that 4 million people are deprived of housing or are poorly housed : 

➡ 143,000 homeless persons ; 

➡ 25,000 persons live temporarily in an hotel as their principal residence ; 

➡ 85,000 people live in makeshift housing (as for example : wooden huts) ; 

➡ 643,000 people are in „forced accommodation“ at third parties.

Sources: Abbé Pierre Foundation. Annual report on the General State of poor housing in France, 2017.

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Figures of poor housing in France.

Homeless person in Paris. Saint-Honoré Street.

17th May 2018 – International Day for LGBTQI persons and homelessness.

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17 May 2018 : International Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.

25 % of young persons who are homeless are identified as LGBTQI, including persons with XXY chromosomes, for whom our Association has developed a specific experience.

➡ Friendship, discussion, peace and housing are the best answers.

➡ Fundamental rights must be respected at all stages of the personal and professional lives of LGBTQI persons.

 

17th May 2018 - International Day for LGBTQI persons.

Homelessness in European Union : the hidden side of the European Union.

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I. HOMELESSNESS IN EUROPEAN UNION 

In the European Union, according to a study by the Abbé-Pierre Foundation and the European Federation of National Associations working with the homeless, nearly 11 million households out of 220 million households do not have personal housing. These 11 million households are in a state of severe deprivation of housing : on the street, hosted by a third party, in a accommodation center, in a shelter, in a social hotel.

The crisis of poor housing in the In European Union calls for an urgent and profound strategy, in consultation with local associations, and public subsidies easily obtainable for them, without going through technocratic projects and far from the field.

Learn more : Le Monde : more and more homeless persons everywhere in Europe 

II. LEASE EVICTIONS IN FRANCE

In FRANCE, lease eviction figures show that successive governments are unable to put in place for years a plan of action and a strategy that has been adapted to solve evictions linked to extreme poverty.

End of the winter break : 15,000 forced evictions, up 50% since 2013.  Lease evictions, prohibited during the winter, are daily occurrences from April 1st. Every year, more than 155,000 unpaid rent procedures are launched.

Successive governments must fight with force the roots of homelessness instead of fighting homeless persons. 

Learn more : Le Monde – 15.000 forced evictions, up to 50 % since 2013.

 

Homelessness in European Union : the hidden side of the European Union. Another Europe. Learn more : Abbé Pierre Fundation and FEANTSA.

Homelessness in European Union : the hidden side of the European Union. Two homeless persons in Paris, 24th December 2017. Stéphane de SAKUTIN / AFP.

Food aid for homeless persons and very socially isolated persons in NANTES, FRANCE.

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Objective : To help homeless persons and socially isolated persons with food aid.

Location of the action : NANTES, FRANCE.

Means and resources deployed :

From December 2017 to March 2018 : OENDDF Mobile Teams on patrol were in NANTES to support homeless persons and very socially isolated persons, with food aid

Creation of social link and relationships of trust with homeless persons and very socially isolated persons.

Field for intervention targeted by the European Commission : Europe 2020 Strategy. European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion.

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OENDDF Mobile Team in NANTES for homeless persons.

OENDDF Mobile Team in NANTES for homeless persons.

OENDDF Mobile Team in NANTES for homeless persons.

OENDDF Mobile Team in NANTES for homeless persons.

Food aid for homeless persons and socially isolated persons in PERPIGNAN, FRANCE.

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Objective : To help homeless persons and socially isolated persons with food aid.

Location of the action : PERPIGNAN, FRANCE.

Means and resources deployed :

December 2017 : one of the OENDDF Mobile Team on patrol was in PERPIGNAN to support homeless persons and socially isolated persons, with food aid, together with the very dynamic local Association „ATOME DE BIENFAISANCE“. Creation of social link and relationships of trust with homeless persons and socially isolated persons.

Field for intervention targeted by the European Commission : Europe 2020 Strategy. European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion.

More news ? Our N.G.O. is on social networks :

#streetwork #solidarity #homelessness  #foodaid

Food aid for homeless persons or socially isolated persons in PERPIGNAN

Food aid for homeless persons or socially isolated persons in PERPIGNAN

Food aid for homeless persons or socially isolated persons in PERPIGNAN

Food aid for homeless persons or socially isolated persons in PERPIGNAN

Food aid for homeless persons or socially isolated persons in PERPIGNAN

Food aid for homeless persons or socially isolated persons in PERPIGNAN

Food aid for homeless persons or socially isolated persons in PERPIGNAN

Food aid for homeless persons or socially isolated persons in PERPIGNAN