In Paris, the movement of the women’s stop at the Carreau du Temple has been reopened.

Tested in the autumn of 2020 during a second birth, the day center for homeless women reopened its doors three weeks ago in the cellar of the Carro du Temple (2, rue Perrée, IIIe). From Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 16:00 (19:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays), 8 employees of the Aurore Association, the main backbone of this system funded equally by the city and the state, invite women from all over the world for a cup of coffee. age in great insecurity.

“Combining social support with cultural and sporting activities, this innovative project should help these women regain their sense of self,” emphasizes Nicholas Hugh, Aurore Events Manager. In unison with the mayor of the Paris Center, Ariel Weil (PS), who kindly provides the premises. And he points out, “by amending, in the board of directors and in the Council of Paris, the charter of the Carreau du Temple to become a cultural and sports institution with a social vocation.”

Onsite medical care

In addition to the breakfast offered to each of the 80 women who arrive on average every day, the women’s stop offers a free consultation with a general practitioner every Tuesday morning, an appointment with a psychologist on Monday and Thursday, and, if necessary, treatment at the St. Antoine Hospital (12th century). Hygiene kits are also distributed.

“The most important thing for these women, many of whom have survived attacks, is that they can land here safely, recharge their batteries, rest. We have a small dormitory with eight beds, an individual shower and a laundry room with two washers and two dryers,” explains Cynthia Lagarde, Medical Psychological Assistant.

“We also provide women who want it with comprehensive support. It all starts with registering at one of Aurore’s addresses, the first step to accessing entitlements, whether it be public health care (AME) for people in an irregular situation or universal health insurance (CMU) for those with a residence permit. Weekly hotlines are provided by two lawyers,” explains Keita Kotiari, a social worker.

restore hope

Born 53 years ago in Côte d’Ivoire, Jeanne, who arrived in Nantes in 2016 for her niece’s wedding, has remained in Paris ever since. “Living in France was a childhood dream,” she admits before leaving for work. “I sort household waste at the sorting center in Porte de Clichy (17th century).”

The problem is that his salary (minimum wage) does not allow him to pay rent. “I applied for social housing two years ago with the mayor’s office in the 15th district, but so far without success. I am currently sharing a room with two other women in the accommodation center,” explains Zhanna, who received her residence permit in 2020. He adds with a smile: “But the woman I met at the women’s camp gave me hope. …”

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