Homeless despite working
Tuesday 25 April 2023
A few days before Labour Day on 1 May, Caritas Luxembourg publishes a position paper on people who sleep on the streets, in squats, in cars or in emergency centres, even though they have a job and go to work every day.
This situation is unfortunately a reality in Luxembourg. The causes are to be found not only in the exorbitant rent prices, but also in the development of digital platform work, temporary work, occasional work and illegal work. The number of working poor is increasing in Luxembourg.
For Caritas Luxembourg, politicians can no longer ignore this problem and must tackle it firmly otherwise the phenomenon of the homeless working poor will grow even more.
POLITICIANS NEED TO TAKE URGENT ACTION ON TWO LEVELS:
- The fight against in-work poverty. This starts with raising the minimum social wage to the reference budget, strengthening labour law and control systems, regularising certain groups of third country nationals, simplifying access to the labour market for qualified third country nationals, etc.
- Access to housing for the most marginalised people. The State and the municipalities have a key role to play in dissuading speculation, increasing subsidies, controlling rents, increasing and diversifying the supply of supervised housing, supporting associations and foundations in their role as social housing providers, etc.
Find all the demands and proposals in the position paper below. (in French)
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