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The Solidarity Equipment Bank of Emmaus Défi

Summary : The mission of the Solidarity Equipment Bank is to allow people who are coming out of precarious accommodation to equip themselves with dignity when they access long term housing; kitchen, furniture, kitchen appliances, crockery ... It thus responds to the difficulties of people coming out of temporary accommodation to equip their new home.

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  • Start date : 2012
  • Implementation site : Paris 19
  • Budget : 1500000 €
  • Source and details on funding : Business partnerships - financial sponsorship



Editorial committee

  • Date of proofreading :  23/05/2015
Opinion of the Committee : Should be generalized !
Solution(s) : Housing social economy
Country :  France, Île-de-France
Stature of the programme :  Local
Participant :  Association, ONG
  • Beneficiaries :  Urban population
  • Domain :  Housing, Essential goods

Reports collected as part of the RESOLIS programme « Poverty France » (Paris 19ème)

Copyright: Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ )
To reference a document published by RESOLIS : Arnaud Hugo , « The Solidarity Equipment Bank of Emmaus Défi », **Journal RESOLIS** (2015)

Background to the programme

This project was born from the observation that access to stable housing does not solve the problems of insecurity. The Emmaus Défi association is an integration project whose principal activity is to give a second life to used goods. To go further in its fight against exclusion, Emmaus Défi created the BSE program in 2012 with public (City of Paris) and private partners (Carrefour, Seb ...). By basing itself on the food bank model, the BSE is the link between two needs: the management of unsold products and the limited resources of people in precarious situations.

Objectives of the programme

The Solidarity Bank of the equipment allows people in precarious situations who are entering their first long term home to purchase new essential equipment in very quickly and at low prices. This equipment meets the specific needs of the families when they move in and allows them to quickly feel at home and invest in their homes without being weakened financially.

Implemented actions

- The association collects unsold products from Carrefour shops (washing machines, furniture ...) and stores the equipment on the Emmaus Défi premises.

- All the beneficiaries of the Solidarity Equipment Bank are directed by the social services of the City of Paris and the associations that support struggling households.

- The beneficiaries are received by appointment in a show apartment to make their choice from the essential goods on offer. These appointments last an hour and a half and are organised by an advisor who will guide the beneficiaries according to their preferences and their means. They can come up to three times over a period of three months to spread their spending out over time.

Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions

- The equipment is offered for sale at a third of its original price. This is important in distancing it from the mindset of assistance and in empowering the beneficiaries

- The association welcomes 500 to 600 people per year

- In 2014, 484 families were beneficiaries of this project, which is 1,150 people including 570 children.

- In 2015 and since its creation, more than 1,000 families have benefited from the Solidarity Equipment Bank

- The opportunity for recipients to have a choice of equipment is an important factor that restores people's dignity

- An impact study has highlighted 4 impacts on beneficiaries: save time and money, feel "at home", gain in autonomy and dignity, organise the children's living space.

Original characteristics

BSE, for the moment the only one in France, is also the only measure enabling families to equip themselves cheaply. It complements existing social benefits but distinguishes itself from this type of aid by its very nature. In fact, the BSE does not provide direct financial aid to families but material help by offering new equipment for sale at solidarity prices. It also contributes to securing these peoples’ route into their homes by limiting the use of credit, for example.

Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme

- Paris City Hall

- Carrefour Shops

- SEB Foundation

- Leroy Merlin


Difficulties and/or obstacles encountered during the programme’s implementation :

- Create links with the town halls of Paris and housing-related associations

- Find the merchandise

Solutions used to overcome the difficulties and/or obstacles :

- Put in place strong partnerships with Carrefour and the SEB Foundation

Suggestions for future improvement :

- Continue creating partnerships in order to have good quality stock

Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :

- The partnership with the big brand Carrefour and the SEB Foundation: the effectiveness of building this together with companies, governments and associations makes it possible to develop positive synergies and ensure the best use of resources and skills.

- The personalised support that allows recipients to have a choice while benefiting from attractive prices

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