SAMU Social

SAMU Social

The SAMU Social, created by Xavier Emmanuelli in 1993, is developing a new approach to combating exclusion. On receiving a 115 phone alert or during a patrol, its mobile teams go out looking for homeless people. Accommodation centers offer them a full range of services, which include medical and psycho-social care.

In addition to offering immediate and unconditional assistance, SAMU Social helps people re-adopt codes for living that will enable them to be self-sufficient: body codes, codes for time, codes on relating to other people. Its “emergency” goal is to give severely excluded people back the “will to sort themselves out” and the resources necessary to achieve that aim. It operates by networking and in partnership with institutions or associations, the essential condition for creating the will to reintegrate.

Over 2010, its mobile teams attended to more than 30,000 homeless people, 15,500 of whom were provided with accommodation. Moreover, SAMU Social’s doctors and nurses gave 5,500 consultations. SAMU Social answers more than 900 calls every day and accommodates 14,000 people in its Paris hostel.