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Solidarity house-sharing from Valgiros in the 15th arrondissement of Paris

Summary : Since 2010, the Association Aux Captifs La Libération (For Captives, Liberation) offers a Stabilising Accommodation Centre (CHS) to homeless people. Support in their rehabilitation is provided by both an educational team and by volunteers who live together with the residents. This house-sharing creates an authentic interpersonal relationship that promotes the pathway to socialisation and rebuilding.

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  • Start date : 2010
  • Implementation site : 15th arrondissement of Paris
  • Budget : N/A
  • Source and details on funding : Financial Foundation of Echiquier, Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, Sisley Foundation


  • Aux Captifs La Libération
  • 210bis rue Vaugirard
  • 75015 Paris
  • Employees : 3
  • Volunteers : 10


Editorial committee

  • Date of proofreading :  29/01/2019 00:00
Opinion of the Committee : Source of inspiration !
Solution(s) : Culture, sport and leisure activities Housing Social exclusion and isolation
Country :  France, Île-de-France
Stature of the programme :  Local
Participant :  Association, ONG
  • Beneficiaries :  Homeless, Bottom Of the Pyramid (BOP)
  • Domain :  Housing, Essential goods

Reports collected as part of the RESOLIS programme « Poverty France » (Paris 15ème)

Copyright: Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ )
To reference a document published by RESOLIS : Lévêque Véronique , « Solidarity house-sharing from Valgiros in the 15th arrondissement of Paris », **Journal RESOLIS** (2019)

Background to the programme

Aux Captifs La Libération, an association founded in 1981 by the priest Patrick Giros, meets and supports people living on the street or from the street. Since its first soup runs in Paris, the association has set up various social programmes to support the varied public who are met in the street: a Solidarity Integration Space (ESI), a programme for unaccompanied minors, job search workshops, holidays to end isolation ... A Stabilisation Accommodation Centre (CHS), named "Valgiros" in tribute to the founder of the association, was opened in Paris in 2010.

Objectives of the programme

- Facilitate the daily lives of residents

- Support residents over time to find the greatest possible autonomy

Implemented actions

- Shared housing between people from the street and integrated volunteers

- Hosting capacity: 21 homeless people and 11 volunteers

- Presence of volunteers: participation in daily living activities (preparation of meals, cleaning, shopping, laundry ...) and support in their process of integration in the neighbourhood and insertion into society (workshops/outings/stays: cultural, FFL, pottery, well-being and beauty, food ...)

- Educational team for comprehensive social monitoring and coordination of CHS

Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions

- 2010-2013: 6 residents have progressed to a new stage of stabilisation and 8 to integration

- 2015: 25 residents monitored, including 7 new

- Integration through employment: 12% full time permanent contracts, 8% self-employed, 8% on integration projects and 4% part-time temporary contracts (eg. interpreter.)

- Profile of the public supported:
> In general: men and women, some very cut off from society, far removed from common projects and rights but also people in the process of sorting out their administration
> in 2015: 60% male, 40% female, 24% non-registered as job seekers, 28% unemployed, 16% without authorisation to work in the region

Original characteristics

The CHS Valgiros offers an original form of socialisation: the supported people live together with volunteers. This presence enables the rehabilitation of the residents’ self-image. This time to "pause" allows them to develop their social and professional situation: to consolidate or build a project in their career or life, to improve their resources, regain balance, independence, to calmly learn how to be autonomous ...

Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme

Actors in the area such as parishioners in the 15th


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

Recruiting volunteer residents

Suggestions for future improvement :

Communication plan to promote the project

Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :

- Essential role of volunteers

- Professional team collaborates closely with volunteers (social worker, psychiatric nurse and specialist in alcoholism)

- Monthly participation of volunteer with expenses (maintenance fees, food ...)

- Characteristics of CHS: a building on 5 levels, with a total area of 1000 m² of which 844 m² is used and 150 m² is a garden

- Value of respect and listening to establish a relationship of trust and goodwill

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