Helping improve the lives of the most excluded communities

“ENFAMS” Homeless children and families -
Research on the impact of vagrancy on the health development of homeless families and children

Thanks to you, I am cured and hope to stop living in the street for good.


Location of Project France: Ile-de-France
Name of Association www.samusocial-75.frSamusocial de Paris
Project Partners
(financial and operational)
  • ARS
  • Institut de Veille Sanitaire
  • Institut de Recherche en Santé Publique
  • Ministry of the Interior
  • Fondation de France
  • MACIF Foundation
  • L'Oréal
  • State Street
  • Unicef France

Program description

In the Ile-de-France area around Paris, there are approximately 25,000 people (about half of them children) living as homeless families. In 12 years, the number of homeless people living in families has grown six-fold.

Sanofi and the Sanofi Espoir Foundation have been partnering Samusocial de Paris for over 12 years.

The “Homeless Children and Families” inquiry aims to obtain a better understanding of the living conditions, life stories and health status of homeless children and families in the Ile-de-France so that fast-track responses can be designed to treat their health problems. A sample of 1,000 families was selected by draw, totaling about 2,000 people.

There will be direct benefits for these respondents because if health problems are identified (e.g. anemia, retarded development, delayed immunization schedules in children) those concerned will be referred to local health workers with whom Samusocial de Paris has set up partnership agreements (PMI centers, Solipam network, mental health centers).

In addition to the quantitative and ethnographic survey, the ENFAMS project also involves an analysis of public action, based on interviews with key family support action players in different départements in the area (community players, accommodation facilities, relevant agencies and ministries). This research angle should also provide an opportunity to bring all parties together for dialogue.

In 2014, the lessons learned from the survey will provide input for training health and social workers, in collaboration with the SOLIPAM network, which specializes in perinatal care for pregnant women and their children in precarious situations.

In addition, based on the information collected during the project, a learning tool (a welcome booklet) for families, will be produced and distributed in each aid organization. Each family that joins an aid organization will receive a welcome booklet, translated into various languages, which will include information on health (reminders about immunization schedules, prenatal visits, etc.) and on the care structures available for accommodation.