One of the main goals is to help individuals define their own rehabilitation project. This, in turn, leads to increased self-esteem, autonomy and helps them to visualise their future.
This support takes the form of everyday realities: administrative help, DIY, visits to the neighbourhood, help with schoolwork etc. and also through social interaction and friendly contact. The key to the support is listening, respect and reciprocity and the development and recognition of the resources and abilities of each individual.
Accommodation in “Lodging Houses”
Habitat et Humanisme is also helping to develop small scale, “lodging house” style, collective housing aimed at those who find themselves isolated and who are often suffering from socio-economic, family or health problems.
These projects combine small, individual residences with shared living spaces such as a sitting room, kitchen or garden, to create a “family lifestyle” environment. A house leader, supported by a team of volunteers, provides a warm and caring presence. They make sure the atmosphere remains convivial and are attentive to each and everyone’s personal journey. The smooth social rehabilitation of residents is encouraged by collective workshops such as outings, DIY, gardening, games etc.