Action alliance against housing shortage and urban degradation, newsletter 106
“Reker is not interested in building”.
– is the title of the interview with Daniel Arnold in the business section of the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger on page 9 of October 7, 2022. In view of the housing shortage, the chairman of the supervisory board and shareholder of “Deutsche Reihenhaus AG” also claims “You can’t win an election with housing.” The Stadtanzeiger simply lets this pass – instead of reminding who all from the profit-oriented Cologne housing industry campaigned for the election of Ms. Reker as OB. In the interview, Mr. Arnold also shares that there are far too many luxury properties on the market in Cologne. How this could be possible under Ms. Reker, with the huge demand for social housing that has been passed by, the Stadt-Anzeiger does not make an issue of it.
We do that:
Day of action October 8, 2022: Hands up for affordable housing.
The nationwide day of action draws attention to exploding housing costs in many cities. The housing shortage is exacerbated by war, energy crisis and climate change. Many people’s homes are in danger.
Join in in Cologne!
12.00 – 17.00 Rudolfplatz
rally & street theater
– 12.00 Opening Mietenstopp among others with Jürgen Becker (cabaret artist) and pastor Franz Meurer
– 13.30 New social housing
– 15.00 o’clock homelessness abolish! STREET THEATER “Die Unerhörten”, a joint project of the Self-Representation of Homeless People and the Theaterwerkstatt Bethel.
Tenants across all strata worry about utility costs
Either you fight homelessness – or you fight the homeless.
On Oct. 6, 2022, Oliver Görtz reported in the Stadt-Anzeiger on the increasing difficulties of housing refugees. The article reads, “The communal accommodations have long been criticized because they offer no privacy.” Why has this sentence never been in the reports about the shared accommodations for the homeless?
If there was a really serious effort in the city of Cologne to get the homeless off the streets, the very first thing that would have been done is to prevent them from becoming more.
In 2011, exactly 3,655 homeless people were counted in Cologne. On Homeless Day 2022, there were 8,170.
Two years ago, there were 1,728 evictions in Cologne and in 2021, 1,589 apartments were evicted.
While the federal government’s third relief package includes the suspension of electricity and gas blackouts, Stadt-Anzeiger reports:
Cynicism accusation against Reker. “She thinks electricity blackouts make sense”.
Associations demand protection against dismissal
The reasons for homelessness are a non-engaging welfare system, a dysfunctional economy and the fragility of the welfare system. The response of authorities and institutions? Hostile architecture.
Despite housing shortage – federal government leaves apartments vacant
Review of the Day of the Homeless on September 14, 2022.
The communication of the city of Cologne to the day of the homeless people
Speech by Klaus Jünschke on Rudolfplatz on September 14, 2022.
Broadcasts, messages, news
The city is not a computer
The smart city fires the imagination of tech companies. In recent years, this has given rise to a huge industry. But the idea of a fully automated city is not so smart at all
ADAC has built 115 rental apartments in Zollstock, 33 of which are for people with a certificate of eligibility for housing at a rent of 7.80 euros per square meter. https://www.ksta.de/koeln/rodenkirchen/weitere-interessenten-gesucht-adac-weiht–neuer-zollhof–in-koeln-zollstock-ein-39980560
USA: Homeless people sue San Francisco
For years, rents in and around San Francisco have been rising rapidly – and with them the number of homeless people. Many of them are repeatedly raided and evicted. Now lawyers and activists are suing the city’s policies.
Studies: Apartment relocation often unaffordable for people with average incomes. Munich metropolitan region particularly expensive
Housing First in Frankfurt
Law students advise tenants free of charge
Construction prices rise
08.10.2022, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Rally against vacancies: “Apartments for homeless and refugees”, corner of Berrenrather Str. / Friedrich Engels Straße
08.10.2022, 12 – 17 h, Hands up for affordable housing, Rudolfplatz
09.10.2022, 17:30, Solidarity with the uprising in Iran, Elisabeth-Treskow-Platz
11.10.2022, 19:00, “Offensive Platz machen – was kann Innenstadt noch? Talk on the exhibition of the same name with students of the Master Urban Design. House of Architecture
10/13/2022, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Conference “Homelessness. Historical and current perspectives on an unsolved problem”, Stuttgart.
14.10.2022, 18;30, “The green city – plant growth instead of concrete” Öko-Bildungswerk, Herwarthstr. 22
15.10.2022, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Rally against vacancies: “Apartments for homeless and refugees”, corner of Berrenrather Str. / Friedrich Engels Straße
17.10.2022, 19:30, “Einfach Machen – New public space in Cologne”. Dom-Forum
Oct. 18, 2022, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 2nd workshop “Discrimination on the Housing Market” of the Cologne Round Table for Integration at the Karl Rahner Academy, Jabachstraße 8, 50676 Cologne. Participation free of charge. Registration required: email@example.com
For a city without homelessness
For a city without evictions
For a city without drug deaths
For a city without violence against women and children
For a city without deportations
For a city without poverty
08 October 2022
Klaus Jünschke and Rainer Kippe
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