Fontainebleau: Octroi, a haven of peace to welcome the homeless of southern Seine-et-Marne

Fontainebleau: Octroi, a haven of peace to welcome the homeless of southern Seine-et-Marne
Fontainebleau: Octroi, a haven of peace to welcome the homeless of southern Seine-et-Marne

By Julien Van Caeyseele
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24 Apr 24 at 5:00 p.m.

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” It’s a drop pointa place to start again good basics…” At 38, Erwan, a homeless person who has been on the street for 18 years, is full of praise for the new reception area.

Since the beginning of April 2024, a new day center has opened its doors at the Octroi, a building which belongs to the town hall of Fontainebleau, just opposite the Obelisk roundabout.

A day center for the homeless reopens in Fontainebleau

The building accommodates people – isolated or families – who are homeless or accommodated by the 115 in hotels in the Country of Fontainebleau and surrounding areas, but also southern Seine-et-Marne. It is now the Empreintes association which manages the structure, taking over from a collective of associations led by Jean-Marie Virot, then from 115 du Particulier.

From now on, the structure is open five days a week from April to October and seven days a week from November to March, or in the event of a heatwave alert and severe cold weather forecast.

“This place allows beneficiaries to take a break,” explains Isabelle Bolgert, first deputy mayor of Fontainebleau, in charge of social affairs. It is a real necessity for support people in difficulty who live across the territory, particularly in the forest. Our desire was to continue the experience initiated by the associations and we were able to count on funding from the State via Prefecture. »

The entire building has been completely renovated by the municipality. At the Grant, women and men in difficulty can have a meal, a shower, wash their belongings and even keep their papers and personal belongings in individual lockers. Beneficiaries can also benefit from a rest room.

“Every day, new people come to see us, we already have regulars,” indicate Marine Laurent, specialized educator and Céline Thuillier, instructor-educator, who manage the structure with the coordinator of Empreintes, Cétine Yacizi.

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Overall support approach

Beyond the occasional welcome and workshops offered by the team, the structure is also intended to be a springboard. “The idea is to offer a gateway to CCAS of Fontainebleau and all the accompaniments of access to the law, details Isabelle Bolgert. It is a global support and assistance approach to hook up people and introduce them to the systems. » A boon for Erwan who intends to take advantage of it.

“I’m going to be 40 and I’m tired of the hassle of living outside,” he confides. I hope that this place will allow me to move forward and find peace. » And to conclude: “I dream of a small home rather than a big one in other people’s homes, as they say. But what I want is to get off the streets. »

Opening of 1er April to October 31 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), from 1er November to March 31 (same and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). In case of Orsec plan, Monday to Friday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and weekends (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Information: Day reception, 1, bld Magenta in Fontainebleau.

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