• City: Nantes
  • Country: France
  • Population:
  • Location: 47.2184|-1.5536

On 21 February 2019, Nantes became the nineth city to pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights. Deputy Mayor Abbassia Hakem signed a strong commitment on principle 19 on housing and assistance for homeless.

Nantes is committed to improve access to adequate housing by:

  • Building 5,000 new housing units each year.
  • Putting forward a housing offer made of 25% social housing and 25% affordable housing unit that can be bought.
  • Offering access to adequate housing for all inhabitants, including Roma and Travellers.

With these goals in mind, Nantes will invest in Housing First in 2019-2025 to provide:

  • 300 places in conventional social housing.
  • 100 places in transition centres.
  • 50 places in hospitality centres.
  • 150 places in a housing scheme for people with mental health problems.

Nantes is investing €1 million to fight homelessness through innovative measures such as by helping people living in highly precarious conditions to take part in the construction of their home while at the same time accessing measures for active support to employment and social inclusion (Igloo project).

Nantes’ Deputy Mayor Abbassia Hakem said: “Each inhabitant should be able to enjoy housing that meets their needs without being excluded from town centres and access to services. In Nantes, we are committed to make the principle of living together cohesively a reality and a constant goal for our city”.

On 23 March 2020, following the city’s previous pledge on housing and homelessness, the mayor Johanna Rolland signed a new pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights dedicated to principle 2 on gender equality.

With this new pledge, Nantes is determined to promote gender equality by:

  • Strengthening the public policy co-drafted with all local actors in 2014 and aligned with the European Charter for Equality of Woman and Men in Local Life.
  • Creating a Gender Equality Council, in 2015, which is composed of 600 members (among them inhabitants, associations, companies, institutions) and chaired by the Mayor.
  • Developing actions plan for 2014-2020 promoting gender equality in all policies, services and the building environment of the city.

Since then, concrete measures have been taken in multiple fields such as for:

  • Children and young people: educational actions at school or cultural activities to combat stereotypes.
  • Health: multiprofessional health centers in some specific neighbourhoods as well as preventive care and help for sex workers.
  • Employment: support a Project helping women to gain confidence and negotiate salary, actions to assist women in their employment pathways, to develop business, to find solutions for childcare.
  • Culture: feminization of the Nantes street names.
  • Sport: reflection on public space for women and host of major women’s international sporting events.

Nantes is also committed to combat violence against women by opening a post-trauma consultation center for women victims of violence with a budget of around €1 million euros. The center called Citad’elles is providing medical, psychologic and material assistance for women victims of violence and children who can be collateral victims. The center is also intended to become a resource and coordination place for professionals and associations in the city. It was opened in autumn 2019, immediately after the city pledge was made public.

With this pledge, Nantes expresses its will to work for the promotion of real equality between gender and build awareness as well as assist women victims of violence.

Principle 19: Housing and assistance for the homeless

Principle 2: Gender equality