Eiffage Foundation and Emmaüs: an innovative approach to recycling and tackling homelessness

13.12.2017
Eiffage Foundation and Emmaüs: an innovative approach to recycling and tackling homelessness

The Emmaüs community in Plessis-Trévise (Val-de-Marne) supports 38 vulnerable people who work in its recycling and reuse activity. In order to renovate and extend its premises, the association is demolishing a former temporary housing with the help of the Eiffage Foundation.

The Emmaüs community in Plessis-Trévise is part of the Emmaüs movement, which has almost 120 communities in France. The first community specifically for women, and one of the oldest, the community in Plessis-Trévise (Val-de-Marne) welcomes 38 companions unconditionally and for as long as necessary.  These are extremely vulnerable people who agree to live in the community and work in its recycling and reuse activity, which generates €800,000 in turnover every year.

The community is carrying out a project to restructure, renovate and extend its premises located on a 5,000 sq. m. site, and which will eventually provide housing for a further 12 companions, help to improve working conditions and develop its activity.

The Eiffage Foundation is providing support for the demolition work on the last remaining “igloo” in France, a temporary housing structure built in the 1950s. An identical building will be reconstructed and will serve as a recreation area for the companions.

Jean-Yvon Henry, a director at Eiffage Construction, is lending his skills to the renovation project.
 
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