Four new members joined our network


14th Gare Européenne et Solidarité Steering Committee


Swedish station owner Jernhusen signs the European Charter


Gare Européenne et Solidarité at the FEANTSA Policy Conference 2015 in Paris


13th CODIR of the Charter


The European Observatory on Homelessness, in its first report, defined a person without a fixed address as "a person who, having lost or abandoned his or her home, is unable to solve the problems associated with that loss and is seeking, or receiving, assistance from public or private agencies."

Rising poverty and social inequities are associated with new types of social and financial marginalisation, which are common to all Western countries, although there are significant quantitative and qualitative differences among them. In Europe there has been a sharp increase in social exclusion and poverty. The economic crisis that most of the EU countries are facing, is dismantling some of the pillars of our post WW2 social models: house, work and welfare granted to the wide majority of citizens. Closely tied to the world economic crisis is the increase in immigration, most often beyond the capacity of our countries to provide decent services and opportunities to those new components of our societies.
The tragic effects of all these factors are evident to us all, especially in large cities, and mostly in railway stations, where increases the number of people looking for shelter.

A "city within the city", the railway station is now far from the non-lieu definition that Marc Augé applied to this place. Stations have their identity, provide services, shops, transportation, toilets, food, banks, post offices, information, special assistance. And, in terms of relationships, they facilitate connections between people.

The new station concept, aiming at attracting customers beyond the mere train business, has become appealing for marginalised people too. Homeless people, or people in distress in a broad sense, can find in the stations most of what they need for living: a place to stay clean and safe, warm or cool according to weather, but also food, money, friends, not to mention help and solidarity.

The need to multiply efforts to help homeless people and granting at the same time a good quality standard to passengers and customers is the challenge that railway companies have to face today.


Rapporto ONDS 2011

Procédure sans abri

Diaporama Citoyenne

Dispositif errance SNCF

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