August 4, 2021

Young people pay dearly for the reform of the calculation of housing allowance

The reform of the calculation of the personalized housing allowance (APL), paid to 6 million households, finally entered into force on 1is January, after many postponements since its registration, without prior impact study, in the 2019 finance law. The new calculation is made on the basis of the income of the previous twelve months, no longer of those of two years previously, and is updated each quarter.

After a few months of application, the associations which manage social residences draw up a very negative assessment of a reform which, according to them, penalizes especially young people in the process of professional integration.

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According to a survey by the Professional Union for Supported Housing (Unafo) – which manages 140,000 housing units in residences, hostels and pensions – among 13,000 residents, published on Monday, June 7, the share of APL beneficiaries rose, between April 2020 and April 2021, from 53% to 48%; the average amount of aid has fallen by 7%, from 265 euros to 247 euros per month, or even 240 euros for young people.

“I don’t buy anything and save on everything”

From the 1is January, Laurent (the first name has been changed), 24, a cook in a residence for young workers in Le Mans, saw his APL suddenly drop from 372 euros to 179 euros, then 173 euros: “It keeps falling and yet my salary is not great, between 800 and 900 euros, because I only work twenty-five hours a week, he testifies. So I have to be careful with all my expenses. After paying the rent, the transport card and the food, there is nothing left for, for example, a piece of clothing. As for renting an apartment in the city, that is out of the question. “

At 21, Maeva has been doing odd jobs for a year, after having gone through difficult times, unemployed and without resources: “With my boyfriend, we lived in Melle [Deux-Sèvres] in a squat and we ate with unsold items from stores or emergency packages from associations. Then, I found this Habitat Jeunes residence which literally saved my life. Today, I earn 1,500 euros per month with interim assignments and I manage to overcome the drop in APL, from 288 euros to 99 euros. But I continue to feed myself with unsold items, I don’t buy anything and save everything, because I am afraid of losing my job ”, she confides.

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