Meet the ex-homeless man who is now housing others

Gilbert Pinteau (centre) with volunteers of the Collectif des SDF de Lille
Gilbert Pinteau (centre) with volunteers of the Collectif des SDF de Lille

Finding homes for the homeless is Gilbert Pinteau's life - and he knows their difficulties, having been homeless himself. Samantha David marvels at determination in hard times

A former homeless man in Lille has turned his life round since managing to get a roof over his head and is now helping others to do the same with considerable success - in the last five years he has helped 260 people get a home.

Gilbert Pinteau found himself in the same trap as many homeless people: he had to have a home to get a home as council housing is offered first to those in private-sector rented accommodation. It took years, but he managed and once he did so he set up the Collectif des SDF de Lille to help others.

Mr Pinteau said: “I became ...

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