Hérault: In Montpellier and Béziers, guesthouses open their doors to the public

Hérault: In Montpellier and Béziers, guesthouses open their doors to the public
Hérault: In Montpellier and Béziers, guesthouses open their doors to the public

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Valentina Volle

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May 26, 2024 at 9:28 p.m.

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On the occasion of the 4th edition of the national family pensions week, organized from May 27 to June 2 2024, guesthouses Les jardin de Bagnols in Béziers and Villa Savine in Montpellier open their doors to the public. Supported by several large associations and organizations such as Unafo, Habitat et Humanisme, the Abbé Pierre foundation, and the Federation of Solidarity Actors, this event aims to raise awareness among the general public and local elected officials of the importance of pensions. family in the fight against isolation and precariousness.

Open House Program

The gardens of Bagnolslocated at 2 rue de Saint-Génies in Béziers, will welcome visitors on Monday May 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the program: a tour of the premises, a shared buffet, as well as a pétanque and ping-pong tournament, allowing residents and visitors to meet in a friendly atmosphere.

The family pension Villa Savineat 64 avenue de Castelnau in Montpellier, offers two days of activities: Thursday May 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for breakfast and Friday May 31st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the boarding house festival. This festival will bring together various activities organized in collaboration with other local associations, thus promoting exchange and conviviality.

Roofs to rebuild

Family pensions are living spaces welcoming isolated people in very fragile situations. They offer a accommodation in a secure environment conducive to personal reconstruction. Each pension has 41 accommodations and offers a daily support by professionals and volunteers from Habitat et Humanisme. These structures also have common spaces promoting conviviality and exchanges, thus contributing to the resocialization of residents.

Encourage the development of family pensions

“The social utility of family pensions is now established: residents, operators, public authorities are stakeholders, it remains to maintain the momentum; let’s succeed together in alleviating the remaining local reluctance: ladies and gentlemen mayors, don’t hesitate any longer, let’s develop family pensions together! »

Philippe Pelletier, president of the board of directors of Habitat et Humanisme

Despite the success of family pensions, they suffer from a lack of visibility among local elected officials, 52% of whom are unaware of the system, but also from negative perceptions. It therefore seems necessary to continue the work of communication and education. Habitat et Humanisme is also resolutely committed to ensuring that new projects see the light of day and that the second part of the Housing First plan is successfully completed with the opening of 10,000 places by 2027.

Habitat and Humanism: a committed actor

Habitat et Humanisme, founded in 1985 by Bernard Devert, is a major player in the field of family pensions in France. Since launching its first pilot project in 1996, the association has opened 58 guesthouses across the country and continues to develop new ones to meet growing needs. It stands out for the involvement of numerous volunteers who run the place and facilitate the opening of the pensions to their local environment.

The association’s mission is:

  • to allow people with low resources, in precarious circumstances due to their social situation, their age, their disability or their health, to access decent housing, adapted to their situation and their resources
  • to contribute to a city open to all, by favoring housing located in “balanced neighborhoods”
  • to offer personalized or collective support to promote the recreation of links and social integration

Practical information :
-Les Jardins de Bagnols family pension: Monday May 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2 rue de Saint-Génies, 34500 Béziers
-Villa Savine guesthouse: Thursday May 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Friday May 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
64 avenue de Castelnau, 34090 Montpellier

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