Finding housing thanks to Housing-café

Caritas International  Finding housing thanks to Housing-café
Caritas International  Finding housing thanks to Housing-café

© Isabel Corthier

11/06/2017

Access to housing is an extremely difficult process for a refugee who has just been granted status and has only two months to leave the shelter; housing-café accompanies refugees in their search for housing.

Difficult access to housing

“Often, they face the language barrier, difficulties with paying a rental guarantee, the shortage of cheap housing, as well as the discrimination that they face,” comments Ariane Dewandre, head of the integration unit who set up these Housing-cafes.

Housing-what?

The teams – made up of integration coaches and volunteers – “Housing-cafés” accompany admitted refugees in their search for housing, this usually being the first contact with the owner, by telephone, until the installation and the first steps such as registration to the commune, CPAS, school, etc. take place.

In practice:

• Housing-cafés are organized in Liège, Brussels, and Antwerp
• They take place 2-3 per week per city
• These are also meetings between Belgians and refugees in a friendly setting

To learn more

• Brussels: housingcafe@caritasint.be
• Liège / Wallonie: housingcafeliege@caritasint.be
• Antwerp / Flanders: housingcafeantwerpen@caritasint.be
• Housing to offer? Register via online form.

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