Who are we ?

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




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