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, Gent, and Antwerp
• They take place 1 per week per city
• These are also meetings between Belgians and refugees in a friendly setting

To learn more

  • Liège / Wallonia: Tuesdays from 3PM to 5PM at the Evêché of Liège (Rue Prémontrés 40, 4000 Liège)
    housingcafeliege@caritasint.be – 04 229 79 44
  • Brussels: Personalized follow-up via the Friday morning permanence at Caritas International (Rue de la Charité 43, 1210 Brussels)
    housingcafe@caritasint.be – 0473 78 19 42
  • Antwerpen / Flanders: Monday afternoon from 2PM to 5PM at De Loodsen vzw (Sint-Jacobsmarkt 43, 2000 Antwerpen)
    housingcafeantwerpen@caritasint.be – 0476 34 07 58
  • Ghent / Flanders: Every Monday from 2PM to 5PM in the premises of Kras Gent vzw (Sint-Salvatorstraat 30, 9000 Gent)
    housingcafegent@caritasint.be – 0476 47 18 18

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