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New Solidarity for Housing (SNL): 25 years of fighting against inadequate housing in Ile-de-France

Summary : Since 1988, SNL has supported people in precarious situations in accessing sustainable housing. During stays in SNL housing, volunteers from the Local Solidarity Group (GLS) and employed social workers help tenants who are being integrated to take ownership of their housing, to integrate into the neighbourhood and carry out their administrative procedures.

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  • Start date : 1995
  • Implementation site : 15th arrondissement of Paris
  • Budget : N/A
  • Source and details on funding : 68% grants + 23% own funds + 9% long-term borrowings
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Editorial committee

  • Date of proofreading :  04/04/2016 00:00
Opinion of the Committee : High impact !
Solution(s) : Housing Social exclusion and isolation
Country :  France, Île-de-France
Stature of the programme :  Local
Participant :  Association, ONG
  • Beneficiaries :  Urban population
  • Domain :  Housing

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 : GUENFOUD Marie – Paule , « New Solidarity for Housing (SNL): 25 years of fighting against inadequate housing in Ile-de-France », **Journal RESOLIS** (2016)

Background to the programme

Born in Paris in 1988, the Solidarités Nouvelles (New Solidarity) Association for Housing (SNL) has offered rents appropriate to people with low or precarious income, to give them the time to rebuild their lives. Eligibility to public subsidies for social housing associations, permitted by the Besson Act, has greatly benefited the development of the association. SNL is today based in Paris and in 5 departments in Île-de-France.

Objectives of the programme

- Create new housing

- Forge links and help with reintegration

- Make the initiative and poor housing better known

Implemented actions

- VOLUNTEER SUPPORT: "good neighbour". 2 volunteers individually support one household in moving in, using the property, discovery of the neighbourhood and the processes of the different steps of life as a tenant, until they have common law sustainable housing. They visit the family at least once per month to collect the rent and spend time with them and answer questions from the tenant. They manage friendly information meetings and recreational or cultural outings.

- PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT: Salaried social workers assess the situation of households in terms of housing, from which they help them access their rights and conduct administrative processes in adhering to projects.

- CREATION OF HOUSING: ministerial approval as a Master of Integration Projects in Ile-de-France, collection of donations, approach property owners to find new housing, organisation of events (theatre, concerts, flea market ...) to raise awareness of SNL ...

Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions

- 2015: Winner of the Prize for Actors for a Sustainable Paris and also from France s’engage

- Each year between 1000 and 1200 housing requests, an average of 3.5 years to be rehoused and 10 households go on holiday (around 30 people)

- Since the creation of SNL: 93% of people admitted are reintegrated.

- Profiles of supported households: 40% single people, 43% single-parent families, 82% households whose SNL housing is their first experience of renting and 21% people who have experienced living in the street

- In 2014: 39 properties assigned

- Currently: 185 integration properties at SNL, including 10 in the 15th Group Blomet (at the end of 1st trimester in 2016: 200)

- PLAI type properties (Rental Loans Aid Integration), that is to say a category of social housing that’s "very social" because of the low incomes needed to access it

Original characteristics

The SNL support adapts to the individual circumstances of each tenant being integrated, who can advance at their own pace in rebuilding their life (3 years on average). In addition, the integration activities are not limited solely to accessing housing. The accompanying social work also focuses on health, children, job hunting and recreation.

Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme

City of Paris, Region, State, corporate foundations and local associations


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

- Older people without work often have the RSA (Active Solidarity Income) as their only source of income. Their relocation is therefore complicated and stays in SNL often exceed 3 years.

- Insufficient number of volunteers in some local groups

Solutions used to overcome the difficulties and/or obstacles :

- Direct people towards associations who work on these issues (adherence to public projects such as DALO (Enforceable Right to Housing), collective agreements ...)

- Direct call for volunteers on the SNL website with the publication of precise descriptions of the actions proposed

Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :

- DOUBLE SUPPORT: local volunteer support and social assistance provided by a social worker employed by the association

- TRAINING & MANAGEMENT OF VOLUNTEERS: commitment of a few hours per month (day, evening or weekend); listening role, regular and kindly presence without interfering in the private lives of tenants; varied training themes (welcoming new tenants, the place of the volunteer, rehousing, a situation of inadequate housing ...) support and coordination of the team by their departmental association; gathering together in Local Solidarity Groups (GLS)

- PARTICIPATION OF BENEFICIARIES: the tenants are full members of SNL. They are invited to participate in the life of GLS.

- MANY PARTNERS: useful to redirect people towards the appropriate structures

> 5 departmental associations have the same status (Paris, Yvelines, Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine and Val-de-Marne)
> 1 Central Association (SNL Union) federating the departmental associations
> 1 cooperative (SNL-prologues) supports the property operations of the associations
> 1 Endowment Fund (since 2010) managing the donations and bequests

Bibliographic references

Roger, MF. « Solidarités Nouvelles pour le Logement, une aventure humaine » ("New Solidarity for Housing, a human adventure") The Harmatan (2011)

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