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In Vannes, ready to go on a hunger strike for housing in Kercado – Vannes




In his van, space is limited. The back seat serves as a desk and a bed at night. To eat, Virginie Lotz sets up her stove on the sidewalk. If you have to charge the laptop and take the opportunity to warm up a bit, the 47-year-old woman goes to the nearby media library. This life the hard way, Virginie Lotz has been leading it since January 20, 2022. We are at Place de Cuxhaven, at the foot of the Kercado towers. Her husband, from whom she has been separated since 2018, does not live far at all, in the Henri-Dunant residence, with their two children, 11 and 13 years old. This is one of the crux of the problem and one of the reasons she gives for having refused a T3 of around fifty square meters that Vannes Golfe Habitat offered her in Ménimur. “There were only two bedrooms. I want to be able to receive my children, who are a boy and a girl, in their early teens with dignity, in separate rooms. They are educated at the Sacré Coeur, that’s why I asked for an apartment in Kercado”.

Virginie Lotz, Vannetaise was invited to the public meeting of Tohannic, Wednesday evening, to express her dissatisfaction. She threatens to go on a hunger strike. (The Telegram/Loïc Berthy)

Refusal of a T3 in Ménimur

What complicates things a little more is that the Vannetaise had initially applied for social housing in Elven, where she has friends. “But there is very little housing available there. I’ve found nothing “.

We cannot blame VGH for its lack of responsiveness. In September 2022, Virginie Lotz’s request was recognized as a priority by the Dalo commission (opposable right to housing), a commission which stipulated that she was covered by a T3. On October 24, the social landlord offered him the T3 of Ménimur, rue Sonia-Delaunay. At the beginning of November, Virginie Lotz refused the apartment. “We have found a housing solution in accordance with its designation by the State services. Even if we do not have to judge them, the arguments of the refusal left us in incomprehension. She tells us in particular that it is too far from Kercado, whereas she had asked for Elven”, indicates David Landry, the director of rental activities at VGH.

The situation is extremely complicated for many people in Vannes. We have 6,000 housing requests pending in the agglomeration and a turnover rate of only 6%.

Hunger-strike

On Wednesday evening, Virginie Lotz invited herself to the public meeting in the Tohannic district, displaying her protest in “sandwich woman” mode. She also launched a countdown before starting a hunger strike on December 17 if she does not obtain satisfaction. Faced with this resolution, David Landry opposes the principle of fairness. “Our services and the president of VGH Hortense Le Pape met this lady several times to explain the situation to her. The situation is extremely complicated for many people in Vannes. We have 6,000 housing requests pending in the agglomeration and a turnover rate of only 6%. This means that only 215 units become available each year and that the waiting period is between 18 and 24 months. And we do not have a T3 available at this time in Kercado. All the apartments that we have left are large apartments”.



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