Press Releases King Baudouin Foundation: 18/12: International Migrants Day

King Baudouin Foundation: 18/12: International Migrants Day

Access to decent housing is a crucial lever for the integration of migrants and refugees into the society of a host country, related to finding work, receiving training, or learning a language. Yet the difficulties that these people encounter in finding a home are numerous. Ignorance of the rental market, insufficient knowledge of the language, various forms of discrimination and the conditions of access for family reunification are just some of the factors that complicate their search and increase the chance that they will turn to the informal housing sector. Such a situation bears heavy consequences in terms of security and health, particularly for the more vulnerable, such as single-parent families, lone women and unaccompanied minors.

In the prolongation of the action plan implemented from 2015 to 2019 regarding the care and integration of refugees, and parallel to the activities it undertakes to facilitate access to housing for the most vulnerable, earlier this year the King Baudouin Foundation launched a call for projects to facilitate the access to decent housing for people in exile. A total of 21 initiatives have benefited from financial support: 8 in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation region, amounting to 300,000 euros, and 18 in Flanders, amounting to 298,200 euros.

The project ‘Tremplin pour l’auton’Home’ie’ (Springboard for AutonHome’y), set up by the Collectif des femmes in Louvain-la-Neuve, is one of the initiatives that were selected. In the account below, you can find out more about an original technique used by the association and supported by the Foundation, namely the ‘sliding rental agreement’. In practice, it is the association that signs the rental agreement with the landlord on the beneficiary’s behalf, for a period during which the landlord is reassured, and later the agreement is passed on to the person occupying the property

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Erika Racquet
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Cathy Verbyst
Communication Officer-Press relations
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