Habitat et Humanisme : housing to build a future
Habitat et Humanisme has been working for the past 30 years to help people in need to find housing and to reintegrate into society.
Bernard Devert, who became a priest after a career in real estate, founded the organisation in Lyon in 1985. Today this organisation is composed of 53 associations in 67 French departments.
Its chosen objectives are:
- to give individuals and families in need access to decent, low cost housing
- to contribute to social diversity in town centres by choosing housing in culturally diverse neighbourhoods within urban areas
- to work with the people we have helped to house on their self esteem, on their autonomy and to rebuild the social connections that are vital for social integration