Have a postal address

Have a postal address

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Last update29 sept. 2021

What is it?

If you don't have stable hosting, you need an address to receive your mail. You must request a domiciliation from the Town Hall of the city where you live or with which you have another link (work, children in school, medical or social monitoring, etc.).

The CCAS (Community Welfare Centre) of the Town Hall must offer you a solution to receive your mail. It must give you a certificate of domiciliation . This certificate will be used to prove your address for all of your procedures.

Associations can also provide you with a domiciliation.

Who is it for?


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What to do?


Make an appointment

Check with the town hall to find out how to make an appointment. Most often, it is by going to the town's CCAS service.

You will often be asked to have completed this application form .

Please note : You will need to provide proof that you have a link with the city (former accommodation, work, your child's school, medical or social monitoring)


Interview with the town's domiciliation service

Someone will receive you and look at your proof of connection with the town, for example: a pay slip, a certificate from an association, a school certificate, etc.

If you have proof of your link with the town, the Town Hall has the obligation to give you a domiciliation. In most cases, you are given an answer during the interview.

And after?

To contest a refusal

If the Town Hall refuses you the domiciliation, you can contest this decision with the Administrative Court .

Please note : you only have two months to make an appeal.

To make this appeal:

  • It is possible to ask for a free lawyer if you don't have much money.
  • You can ask for help from a social worker or from an association.

Find another solution

Associations can also offer domiciliation services. Ask for a list from your social worker or from an association that helps homeless people.

Please note : these associations are often overwhelmed and can refuse you if they have too many requests.

If the CCAS or an association accepts your request

The domiciliation certificate that you will be given will be valid for one year.

It will allow you to justify your address for all of your procedures.

Please note : To keep the domiciliation, you must come to the mail service at least once every 3 months.

At the end of one year, it is necessary to request the renewal.

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