Intergenerational building in town center wanted by the municipality of Liffré (35)

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Short presentation

In Liffré, an intergenerational building accommodates seniors and hosts an inter-municipal crèche.


- Improve the quality of life of elderly people currently living outside the city, by providing access to housing in the city center and break the isolation,
- Promote the autonomy of the elderly: proximity to shops, entertainment venues, public services, accessibility of housing, interior fittings,
- Enhance and consolidate links between generations,
- Support seniors as well as possible: maintain at home as long as possible (partnership with home care services), establish links with the retirement home and make the entrance less useful if necessary (common activities, etc.).

Contexte (territory issues, targeted audience)

Located 15 km from Rennes, the town of Liffré (7.000 inhabitants) is very extensive, with hamlets far from the town center. Because of the feeling expressed by elderly people who felt isolated, the municipal team launched in 2008 a housing project in the town center, close to shops and services. Delivered in 2011, these units are located in an intergenerational building. The building also hosts an intercommunal nursery.

Target audience:
- The elderly
- Children welcomed in intercommunal nursery

Human resources and partners

Le CCAS, the commune of Liffré and EPCI (communauty of communes from Pays de Liffré )

Other information

Project's start year : 2008

Points of vigilance, difficulties to pass through, success factors

Good points
- Integration of the project in the development strategy of the town: Liffré is working on the redevelopment of its downtown area and the maintenance of the shops in this center. The establishment of a residence with 1/3 of dwellings reserved for the elderly contributes to keep an animation in the center especially on the periods of the day when the assets are not, for many, on the commune.
- The mobilization of partners and the participation of the public concerned.
- The dimension of the project: intercommunal dimension, collaboration with associations from Liffré

Negative points
- The originality of the project - type of structure unknown to the administrative services - has led to difficulties and delays in obtaining loans, the number of agreements allowing to benefit the tenants of the APL and raised problems for the follow-up of the file by the Family Allowances Fund.
- The accompaniment of the candidates
- Development (difficult to enforce all development requests with the developer).

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Commune de Liffré (Public structure )
Hôtel de Ville, rue de Fougères, BP 94115
35341 Liffré Cedex
02 99 68 31 4
Contact : Mayor assistant for Social Affairs