The occupation is supported by several associations in order to get out of the street 39 homeless, mostly children
About forty people occupy a gymnasium in the center of Toulouse on Sunday evening with the support of several associations to obtain accommodation for 39 homeless people, the majority of whom are children.
“A roof is the law”, we can read on a banner unfurled at the entrance of this gymnasium which is located on the square of the Saint-Sernin basilica, a masterpiece of Romanesque art in the center historic Toulouse, 500 meters from the Place du Capitole.
“For weeks we had been sleeping in the streets, all over Toulouse. Toulouse is fine, but it is too cold outside. Here, we are better “, says with a smile Yamna, 43 years old, arrived from Algeria three months ago with her husband and her three children from 7 to 17 years old.
This occupation is supported by several associations of Haute-Garonne, including the DAL (Right to Housing), the Federation of Parents’ Councils (FCPE), the Education Without Borders Network (RESF) or the League of Rights of the Male (LDH).
For the DAL, the authorities “do nothing”, while “these families have been sleeping in the street for several weeks”, which “was confirmed” during a meeting with the Prefecture on Friday evening, motivating the occupation. of the gymnasium, further specifies the association.
On the other hand, according to the Prefecture, unlike what may have happened on other occasions, the DAL did not provide the necessary elements for the “identification of persons” and for the event to examine their “precise situation. “.
It was therefore impossible to envisage “studying each administrative situation, which may be different from one person to another or from one family to another,” the Prefecture added.