Empty hotels in Paris provides temporary housing for homeless

Published on : Tuesday, March 24, 2020


During the national lockdown the French government is proposing tougher measures.  Hotels in Paris are now providing temporary housing for the homeless as the French Housing Minister stated that the city will be booking rooms so that homeless people can get off streets and have a safe place to self isolate during the pandemic.


At the CIS Paris Kellerman hotel in the 13 arrondissement the city has booked up 50 rooms. There are plans that it will increase to 170 this week.


An extra 500 rooms in Paris is offered by the hotel group Accor and rooms will be singles to help minimise contact between guests.



Since March 17, France has been on lockdown and residents were asked to stay in homes for 15 days unless needed to buy food, going to the  work for those providing essential services, and brief exercise.

Also all non-essential commercial activity remains suspended. There will be fines on those caught flouting the quarantine rules up to €3,700 and giving repeat offenders a prison sentence of up to six months.


France’s interior minister Christophe Castaner said that by staying at home you are saving lives.


Those sleeping rough during the pandemic some hotels in London are being used to home.



In an initial trail this weekend around 300 rooms will be offered to the homeless.


Over the next three months with the mayor’s office working with Inter Continental Hotels Group will block beds for the entire period at a discounted rate.


London mayor Sadiq Khan commented that the coronavirus outbreak affects everyone in London and we must do all we can to safeguard everyone’s health – not least those Londoners who face spending each night sleeping rough on the capital’s streets.Together, as a city, they will come through this incredibly challenging period.

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