Program

A house is a home

Our housing initiatives across the world

Somfy Foundation also operates internationally because it is part of Somfy’s core values to be socially involved in the countries in which the group is present. Inadequate housing is a worldwide problem. As an international company, Somfy is keen to make its own contribution to help as many people as possible gain access to decent housing.

The ‘A House is A Home’ program was launched in January 2015 initially focusing its activity in France and Brazil before expanding into new territories in 2016: Germany, Spain, Belgium, Lebanon, Poland, China, USA, and Australia.

The ‘A House is A Home’ program enables the subsidiaries to be involved alongside the foundation. Each subsidiary identifies a non-profit organization with a project focused on decent housing and provides a financial support as well as skills help scheme by involving its employees.

In 2016 10 projects were locally supported by subsidiaries; below are few examples:

- Renovating and expanding an emergency shelter in Germany,
- Creating a centre in France to provide shelter, help with social re-integration, and sales of goods for charity,
- Building two houses to accommodate young workers and homeless people in Spain and Belgium,
-Renovating homes for at-risk families in Brazil to protect them from mold, leaks and poor ventilation that can cause breathing diseases,
-Improving welcoming infrastructures for refugees in Lebanon,
- and many more…

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A HOUSE IS A HOME

Program A House is A Home

Inadequate housing is a worldwide problem. As an international company, Somfy is keen to make its own contribution to help as many people as possible gain access to decent housing.

SUCCESS STORIES

BORN FROM INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY

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Projects

In each country involved, a non-profit association is supported both by Somfy’s subsidiary and Somfy Foundation to lead a decent housing project which helps vulnerable people.

And mutual assistance success stories got born in these 10 countries. Non-profit associations carry out projects which improve living conditions, but the program ‘A House is A Home’ is also synonymous of meetings, smiles and opening on our professions. Discover by country the supported projects, sucesses and testimonies, …

  • Working in partnership with the Habitat for Humanity NGO
    Construction of new homes to help families in difficulty.

  • In partnership with the Wohnungslosenhilfe charitable association
    Extending and renovating the emergency shelter in Tübingen (Germany) to safely house families experiencing difficulties.

  • Somfy Belgium

    Somfy's Belgian subsidiary is supporting the Lazare association's project to build a house with two apartments shared by eight men, one apartment shared by eight women, four studios, and one apartment for a volunteer family.

  • Somfy Foundation, Somfy Australia and Habitat for Humanity are supporting the New Leaf Village project in Adelaide. Somfy Australia and Somfy foundation will contribute towards the refurbishment of a home which will allow many women and their children who escaped domestic violence, the ability to have safe and decent shelter.

  • Working in partnership with the Habitat for Humanity NGO
    Improving living conditions for several families residing in the Héliopolis favela in São Paulo.

  • Somfy's Spain subsidiary is supporting the Lazare association's project to build a house with two apartments shared by eight men, one apartment shared by eight women, four studios, and one apartment for a volunteer family

  • Somfy France

    In partnership with the Emmaüs association
    Building a welcome centre for people sleeping rough in Nantes.

  • Somfy's Lebanon subsidiary supports the Habitat for Humanity NGO to improve the reception conditions in Beirut for refugees from Syria, Palestine and Iraq.

  • The Polish subsidiary is working with the Habitat for Humanity NGO to renovate two homes for two families living in highly precarious circumstances.

  • Habitat China began its operation in Shanghai in 2010 with a mission of addressing affordable housing needs in eastern China and supporting Habitat’s rural reconstruction efforts in the southwestern areas of the country.