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The State and COM agree to support the fight against poverty and access to employment

MARIGOT: As part of the national strategy to prevent and fight poverty committed by the Government in September 2018, to strengthen poverty prevention in a logic of social investment around five commitments (equal opportunities from early childhood, access of young children to fundamental rights, guarantee of a training path for all young people, access to the law and access to professional integration for people far from employment), the Prefect, Serge Gouteyron, and the President of the Collectivity, Daniel Gibbs, signed an agreement to support the fight against poverty and access to employment on November 24.

The State and the community of Saint  Martin will thus combine their efforts to implement three key actions in favor of those most in need:

– Organize a first unconditional social reception in order to allow any person expressing a social request, whatever it is, to obtain a listening ear and a quick care, with a particular vigilance for the inhabitants of the priority districts of the city policy (Quartier d’Orléans and Sandy Ground).

– Set up referral agents to offer reinforced support to people in serious social difficulty, and to improve cooperation between the professionals in charge of monitoring the same person.

– Implementing a new strategy for the active solidarity income, with priority given to more rapid assistance and orientation towards “activity first” for RSA recipients. The State’s financial commitment under this agreement will amount to €180,000.

This agreement is a continuation of the call for projects launched on July 27, 2020 by the prefecture for the implementation of a strategy to prevent and combat poverty in Saint Martin in 2020, which resulted in €277,833 in funding for three projects:

-The ALEFPA/Le Manteau de Saint-Martin mobile solidarity grocery project, inaugurated on October 15, 2021.S

-The “Go for it” project led by the COBRACED association (for access to a balanced diet and sports for schoolchildren in Quartier d’Orléans), which began in September 2021 with 60 breakfasts for schoolchildren identified in conjunction with the teaching staff, and soon a lunch for those not enrolled in the canteen, as well as sports and artistic activities.

-The “DAPA” project run by the Saint-Martin nautical club (discovery of outdoor and nautical activities for children from disadvantaged neighborhoods during the school vacations), which began in December 2020 for the benefit of 300 children from Quartier d’Orléans, Sandy Ground and Concordia.

In addition, a distribution action to the population of disadvantaged neighborhoods of washable masks and protective gel was organized in 2020, representing additional state funding of €12,533.

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