Report on the difficulties of access to the social stock of low-income households in France
Published by a collective of six NGOs (le Secours Catholique, ATD Quart Monde, Habitat et Humanisme, la Fondation Abbé Pierre, l’Association DALO) on 23 June 2020
This report combines statistical analyses, interviews with different actors, case analyses, and focuses on low-income household's access to social housing in France.
The report notes that in France, the lower the household's income, the less likely it is for that household to obtain social housing.
In some areas, tens of thousands of households without housing or poorly housed remain on hold due to a lack of affordable social housing.
Attempts by the public authorities to fight this issue and ensure access to social housing for the poorest, whether they come in a form of binding rules (such as the obligation - often not respected - to allocate 25 per cent of housing stock to the lowest-income households) or incentives (authorization - not used - to change rents), remain without notable effect.
Keywords: France, low-income households, right to housing, social housing, discrimination, poor housing.