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Concrete actions for priority neighborhoods

MARIGOT: President Daniel Gibbs and Prefect Serge Gouteyron co-chaired the Steering Committee of the City Contract of Saint-Martin on Friday, December 3.

The purpose of this act was to sign the rider to the City Contract 2015-2020, which extends the joint actions in the service of the priority neighborhoods of the city policy, until the end of 2022.

This protocol of strengthened commitments will make it possible, in the coming months, to initiate new projects in favor of the priority neighborhoods, in the continuity of the actions carried out in recent years.

The signing took place in the presence of the contract’s partners: the CCISM, represented by its president Angèle Dormoy, and the National Education Department, represented by the vice-rector Michel Sanz.

In addition to the State services (DEETS, DEAL, DAC, Gendarmerie, Ministry of Justice, Academic Region) and the Collectivity, the City Contract also works with public institutions, Pôle emploi, CGSS, CAF, CCISM, ARS, Caisse des Dépôts, and private structures such as the social landlords Semsamar, Sikoa and SIG. The funding provided by the City Contract is in addition to the funding provided by ordinary law.

Each year, 20 to 25 neighborhood projects are supported.

The two priority neighborhoods of the City Policy (QPV) are Sandy Ground (3217 inhabitants) and Quartier d’Orléans (6682 inhabitants), to which must be added the active watch neighborhoods (QVA): St. James, Agrément, Hameau du Pont, GrandCase, Concordia and Cul-de-Sac.

In concrete terms, the City Contract subsidizes some fifty associations each year, for an amount of around €900,000, financed at 40% by the Collectivity and 60% by the State (a budget that will increase in 2021).

The State also integrates other measures such as “summer neighborhoods and solidarity neighborhoods” for a total amount of 556,000 €.

According to Prefect Serge Gouteyron: “It is a matter of strengthening the support mechanisms, bringing concrete results to the neighborhoods, and relaying what is being done.

In addition, multi-year agreements on objectives and resources have been signed with several associations in the area for the implementation of projects: Trait d’Union France Victimes, Cobraced and ADIE.

For President Daniel Gibbs. “It is a question of joining forces with all the partners to ensure equality between the territories, to reduce the development gaps and to improve the living conditions of the inhabitants. (…). We must be where the population expects us to be… but also, by the strength of our collaboration, where we are not expected!

The new call for projects for the City Contract will be launched in January 2022. However, projects selected in 2021 and not completed may be resubmitted for the 2022 call for projects. The steering committee will be able to take into account the interim reports drawn up by the project leaders, whose expected return date has been set at January 31, 2022.

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