The comfort of a home in the heart of the city

In the very heart of Versailles, the association Ermitage Accueil receives individuals or groups during “intermissions” dedicated to reflection and training. At the same time, it has opened nine rooms to temporarily accommodate homeless and seriously disadvantaged persons. The rooms need to be refurbished today.

Social and Employment

Versailles, France

Olivier Pascal

30.000 € to the Selection Committee at 2006/03/28

Project leader

Ermitage Accueil

«  “To me, the originality of the project resides in the scale of the human and social accompaniment of the persons accommodated: they not only benefit from a roof over their heads, but also warm accompaniments and human relations facilitating “reconstruction” within a home with many activities. The accommodation of young people, as permitted by the alterations, will be a particularly useful service.  »

Olivier Pascal

The proprietors of a very pleasant site, the Congregation des Sœurs Auxiliatrices provides the association Ermitage Accueil with a park, conference rooms, a chapel and buildings offering rooms. Initially designed only as a retreat, the place was subsequently opened to persons in difficulty.

Accommodated and supported

Since 1998, thanks to the steady commitment of Ermitage Accueil, no less than 160 persons have been accommodated for periods ranging from a few months to a year. The lucky individuals not only find a home, but also personalized accompaniment, alongside social services and mutual aid associations of the commune. The other activities of the center make it a forum enabling reintegrating individuals to make fresh contact with the outside world.
Yet the buildings desperately need refurbishing. The project, defined by Ermitage Accueil with the help of an architect, consists in completely altering the accommodation space in order to make it more friendly and pleasant. The overall project has been evaluated at 250 000 euros.
Two-thirds of the financing comes from public funds, with the participation of the regional council of Ile-de-France, the General Council of the Yvelines and the city of Versailles. The Veolia foundation provides indispensable support to the project with a grant of 30 000 euros.