Room at the inn
‘Tis the season of goodwill to all. With the seasonal temperature drop, winter can be a dangerous time for people who are homeless. This year, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris has announced that Paris town hall will open its doors to some of the 3,000 people in the city needing night shelter. She has also encouraged businesses with empty premises to make them available to those in need of a place to sleep. In Montpellier, in the south of France, it is students that have found themselves a new type of home. A scheme has been piloted where 11 students are staying in renovated apartments on the grounds of EHPADs (nursing homes for dependent elderly people) across the city. The students pay a low rent (between €140-250 per month) and in return befriend and interact with the elderly residents and help them with everyday tasks. The scheme aims to reduce the loneliness and isolation that care home residents can face.