Room at the inn

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‘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.

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