Where homeless people live as they want

by Beatrice Credi - 2015.05.28
Where homeless people live as they want
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In Marseille, inside an unusual hospice for homeless people, while everyone is still sleeping, a nurse brings Philippe his first beer. “I don't drink at night!” says the 60-year-old man, who has neither teeth nor hair. Off he goes in his wheelchair, with a can between his thighs. He's one of the guests in a rest home for vagrants, where they can drink alcohol and come and go as they please. The idea was born a few years ago and acknowledges that depriving people of their habits of a lifetime creates tensions and doesn't fulfil the objectives of the hospice, which is to provide the best possible care, food and a safe place to spend the last years of their lives. It's a personalised service, designed around the special characteristics of the special occupants, which bends to suit them and not vice versa.

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