Background to the programme
The association Relais Jeunes 77 promotes autonomy of young people through access to housing in Seine-et-Marne. Its creation in 1984 was motivated by the assessment that new city housing was often built to accommodate families. Its activities target young people in 5 geographic areas (Val Maubuée, Val d'Europe, Sénart, Chelles and Lagny sur Marne).
Objectives of the programme
- Build and manage low-rent housing
- Accompany young people to be autonomous in their daily lives
- Temporary accommodation solution (from a few months to 2 years max): Individual (small flats, studios) or collective housing (shared apartment, 3 to 5 room). Fully furnished and equipped (only the linen and dishes need to be provided)
- Access conditions: 1- young adults or households (18-30 years old) without children; 2 students (apprentices, intern in long term training), active (permanent or short term employment, temporary, unemployed) or RSA beneficiaries; 3- have a professional, personal or residential project; 4- motivation to live on the housing sites (employment, training or local family)
- Maintenance of buildings and premises: 5 service agents spread across the different sites (repairs, refurbishment ...) and the household the responsibility of the residents
MONITORING AND SUPPORT OF YOUNG PEOPLE
- Within the residences: 4 assistant managers host and provide administrative monitoring of the residents. The individual monitoring of each resident comprises the building of their project and its strategy as well as help with questions related to budgets, employment, transport ...
- Decentralised premises and housing forums: youth meetings, information on the ways to access housing, production of shared analysis of the housing project and help with the process if it interests the youngster
- Help with relocation: developing contacts with landlords to raise awareness of the measures that facilitate young people’s solvency, negotiate the best entry conditions for young people and set up social monitoring in case of problems in implementing the lease
- 12 social-educating facilitators organise technical workshops: health and hygiene (sexuality, contraception, addictions ...), housing and daily life (looking for housing), culture, sport and leisure (indoor sports activities) and employment (office tools and support with the searches)
ENTERTAINMENT: "Social life committee" of young residents. Organisation of festive events (welcome party ...), leisure activities (picnics, cinema, games ...) or citizens (election night or resident’s committee)
Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions
- In the beginning (1989), Relais Jeunes 77 had a hosting capacity of 60 places. In 2014, it has 591.
- In 2014: 44 activities and 723 participants
- Valuation of residents’ potential
- Prize for Social Innovation (1989)
- The most common profiles of the young people welcomed: broken home, provincial and directed by social services
- In 30 years of activity, more than a dozen approvals obtained: CLLAJ (Local Committee for the Independent Youth Housing); Foyer de Jeunes Travailleurs; Public contracting authority to perform renovation on leased property; PST (Thematic Social Programmes) for the insertion of the most disadvantaged; prise solidaire ; Jeunesse et Education Populaire ; Ingénierie Sociale Financière et Technique ; Association de jeunesse et d’éducation populaire- visibility in the local media (articles in Le Parisien)
The purpose of the Relais Jeunes 77 support is not limited to housing for young people. The association organises different activities (individual support, group workshops and a "social life committee") to empower young people, make them actors in their own lives and educate them about living together. During their stay, the young people discover and learn as much about working life as about community living (house sharing) and city life (participation in local initiatives such as neighbourhood or community parties ...)
Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme
Foyer-Résidence de la Sérénité, Agence Régionale de Santé Ile-de-France (ARS), Services municipaux, Point d’information jeunesse (PIJ), Espace Charles Vanel de lagny, Centre communal d’action sociale(CCAS), Mission locale, Espace Charles Vanel de lagny, Club d’aïkido d’Annet-sur-Marne, Fondation Aéroports de Paris and Emmaüs Habitat
Difficulties and/or obstacles encountered during the programme’s implementation :
- High price of rent due to competition in the rental market
- Difficult to engage residents: to participate in outdoor activities, to engage and to take responsibility
- Difficulties related to travel
Suggestions for future improvement :
Coordinate actions better with partners
Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :
- The quality of the partnerships established locally (municipalities, local youth centres, public even private landlords, neighbourhood associations ...) is an asset to guide residents to the organisations likely to provide them with answers to their other problems.
- The route to autonomy and socialisation occurs in stages: young people are gradually made into actors in the process of looking for permanent housing.
- The small size of the association fosters personal relationships and good mutual understanding of our residents with our teams and with other residents.
- Importance of activities: exchanges between young people from all geographical groups and cultures that promote speaking up, free expression and breaking from isolation and anonymity.