Families rejected from state housing

Photography : Eléonore HENRY DE FRAHAN    

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Morgane, 8, walks home after school. Her home is the group of four caravans, in this little wood stuck between the national road 105 and the water tower where two families and a widower live.
Gérard gathers dead wood after a storm in order to stay warm. Emelyne imitates her father.
Gérard M. and Madeleine live with their two girls Morgane (8) and Calypso (10). Eight years afo, Gérard lost his job. After several months without income, the little family came to camp in this wood, just several metres from their former apartment. Over the years, they acquired several caravans and renovated them. Each one is a room of the \'house\'.
The electricity for the television come from a car battery that Gérard found.
Emelyne (3), in the morning. She waits for the caravan to heat up, after her father has turned on the stove.
Emelyne, 3, in the caravan. Opposite them, on the other side of the national road, is the apartment that they had to leave because they could no longer pay the rent.
Emelyne near the camp. Building materials that they\'ve found (doors, floorboards, window panes...) allow them to renovate the caravans and build annexes.
Without running water, the L. family must fill plastic tanks daily from a fire hydrant situated next to national road 105.
The caravans are not equipped with a fridge. Before each meal, the return trip to the nearest supermaket is almost compulsory. When his wife died, old Jean settled in this wood, where he lives within the confines of this little caravan.
When his wife died, old Jean settled in this wood, where he lives within the confines of this little caravan.
The north Melun \'terrain\' is protected from rats by around fifteen cats.
Dr. Moriau from \'Médecins du Monde\' visits the G. family.
Nathalie and Patrice G. live off the RMI with their four children aged from 3 to 10. They dream of being able to settle on fully serviced land. For them, it\'s too late to go back to living in an HLM (French state housing block), as \'the children couldn\'t be integrated there now\'. Their greatest fear is to have their children taken from them by the DDASS (Direction Départementale des Affaires Sanitaires et Sociales).
At the start of the month, Nathalie goes to the laudromat to do the washing before the money runs out.
Nathalie and Patrice G. live off the RMI with their four children aged from 3 to 10. They dream of being able to settle on fully serviced land. For them, it\'s too late to go back to living in an HLM (French state housing block), as \'the children couldn\'t be integrated there now\'. Their greatest fear is to have their children taken from them by the DDASS (Direction Départementale des Affaires Sanitaires et Sociales).
Twice a week, Patrick takes the van to fill the six big flasks of water for the washing, dishes and personal hygiene... For cooking and coffee, mineral water is used.
For Céline\'s bath, her mother pours several kettles of hot water into a basin. The other family members have to content themselves with a quick rinse with a bucket and face cloth.
Building materials that they\'ve found (doors, floorboards, window panes...) allow them to renovate the caravans and build annexes. The children also use them to play on.
In the G. family\'s caravan, the main room has become a play area for the children.
Nathalie and Patrice G. live off the RMI with their four children aged from 3 to 10. They dream of being able to settle on fully serviced land. For them, it\'s too late to go back to living in an HLM (French state housing block), as \'the children couldn\'t be integrated there now\'. Their greatest fear is to have their children taken from them by the DDASS (Direction Départementale des Affaires Sanitaires et Sociales).
Patrick fixes a bike for his son with material he has found.
A poppy for mother. The parents\' greatest pleasure is to see that their children remain carefree. Three-quarters of their budget is devoted to them, to prevent them from being marginalised.