The problem of poor housing today is overwhelming - 4 million people have no housing or are poorly housed according to a report by the Abbé Pierre Foundation and in total 12.1 million people are affected, to varying extents, by the housing crisis.
In a difficult economic context, where primary needs such as housing are not fulfilled, in Toulouse 'Wood and Co' collects leftover wood used for industrial purposes (palettes, crates, etc.), embellishes it and re-uses it as a raw material in our construction work. Thus 'Wood and Co' fights against precarity in an environmentally-friendly manner.
In 2016 Emmaus Toulouse and 'Wood and Co' worked together on an experimental adaptable chalet project in Labarthe sur Lèze. The chalet was built by qualified members of the association.
With the help of the three companions based at the site, a collective project was started in June with the ‘Wood and Co’ association.
In 2013 at the first regional Emmaus Salon the communities from the Toulouse region made an appeal to have part of the profits reserved for an emerging social and solidarity structure in order to help with the development of such a project. This is how the partnership with 'Wood and Co' was started and we continue to work with them on this initiative.
Thanks to a sharing of know-how in the domain of eco-construction and re-use of wood, keeping up to date with modern concerns, the project is environmentally-friendly.
Aware of the housing problem and the issue of the huge wastage of perfectly good wood this partnership unites these two problems and solves them both in one fell swoop!
We hope to be able to build a second adaptable chalet with 'Wood and Co' on the site of the Emmaus Toulouse community.
To fight against poor housing and to do so in an environmentally-friendly manner.
Today two companions, Faith and Dirk, live together in this chalet. This housing has allowed them to have more independence whilst still staying at the heart of the Emmaus Toulouse community.
The project also enabled 'Wood and Co' to complete their first adaptable chalet and to get feedback from the companions living there.
'Wood and Co' is currently working on a new project called 'Roof and Co' in order to provide a solution to the housing problem. This project focuses on re-using wood to build adaptable housing that can be taken down, again with the goal of fighting against precarity.
On the website below there is a vote open to try and finance a new adaptable housing project on the Labarthe sur Lèze site. Faced with our rising demand for housing this project would help increase our capacity to host companions and would enable us to propose a wider range of types of housing.