48 rue du Fbg Poissonnière

Photography : Guillaume COLLANGES    

18 juillet 2000 : un plafond d’un des deux bâtiments du « 48 rue du faubourg poissonnière » s’écroule en partie, entraînant l’évacuation immédiate, par la police, de cinq appartements. Seule proposition de relogement : un foyer d’hébergement d’urgence pour 48 heures.

July 18, 2000: A ceiling in one of the two buildings at 48 rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière, in Paris, partially collapses, and police immediately evacuate five apartments. The only re-housing that was offered was an emergency hostel for 48 hours. For more than two months, seventeen families camped out on the sidewalk outside their building. Supported by the association Droit au Logement (Right to Housing), they organized and slept in shifts in the improvised camp. All of them, except the children, were taken in by neighboring families. The building, empty at the time, had been occupied for four years by families with no housing or living in indecent housing. The decrepitude of the buildings and constant water leaks had turned them into a slum. Several children were found to have lead poisoning from the lead in the paint. African families are not the only victims of the housing crisis in Paris. It affects anyone who can’t afford to pay for an apartment in the private sector. Yet, according to INSEE, the national statistics bureau, there are 136,700 empty housing units in Paris, including 7,426 in the 10th arrondissement. This same district has less than 5% of the subsidized housing in the city of Paris... In October, the Vivien Law, which calls for the purchase of sub-standard housing to be turned into subsidized housing units, was voted in by the Paris city council.