Newsletter No 134 of 22 April 2023

Action Alliance against Housing Shortage and Urban Degradation, Newsletter 134

Rally against arbitrariness of authorities
22 April 2023, 11 a.m. , Wallstr.31, Cologne-Mülheim
In Cologne, tenants are to leave their apartments after more than ten years because the landlords never registered the building as a residential building.
Comments on the report of the Stadt-Anzeiger on facebook:

Dirk Störck: And once again our “competent” city administration impressively proves that it does not work for, but against the citizens! Instead of intervening here helpfully once again only “negative decided” and “no discretionary scope” is shown! More citizen distance and work refusal does not go!

Otti Friedrich: There is so anyway too little affordable housing. Let the people live there and good it is. It has worked well for years. Sometimes you can only shake your head.
Rosi Biwer: The Stadtvewaltung makes itself ever more untrustworthy. Poor Cologne, who does it bother that the people live there only the Paragraphenreiter
Wolf Koch: Housing shortage, without end and then the city wants to fire the tenants on the street, I think the administration has not yet heard the bang!!!!
When does the council of the city of Cologne declare a housing emergency?
The real estate industry declares a state of emergency
Construction companies, developers, unions and tenant protectors agree: if the state does not intervene boldly, housing construction will face a long crisis.

Discrimination in the search for housing
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Cooperation Partners:inside,
we would like to invite you to participate in or draw attention to a survey on the experiences of homeless people in their search for housing.
The survey was initiated by Arnd Liesendahl and Michael Müller, who were themselves homeless for a long time. In their search for housing, they have had various discriminatory experiences and experienced other barriers. They now want to systematically investigate this phenomenon with a scientific study. To this end, they are working together with Prof. Dr. Christoph Gille and Prof. Dr. Anne van Rießen from Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. The study is also supported by many cooperation partners, including the Förderverein der Wohnungslosenhilfe in Deutschland e.V. and Diakonie Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe e.V.
Many of you are familiar with descriptions of discrimination and other barriers during the search for housing for homeless people. However, there are still no systematic studies on this subject. Therefore, the study wants to contribute to explore these experiences in more detail, to make them visible and to draw consequences for housing policy.
Please make people who are or were homeless aware of our study and invite them to participate. Forward this email to others who were or are homeless and ask them to participate. Make organizations or associations aware of the study and assist people with access to the Internet and in completing the survey.
All information about the study and the link to the survey can be found on the website: Enclosed, we are also sending you the poster for the study, which you can print out or forward.
The more people participate in the survey, the more meaningful the results will be.
We thank you very much for your support!
Kind regards
Arnd Liesendahl, Michael Müller, Christoph Gille, Anne van Rießen
The Cologne Round Table for Integration has commissioned a study on discrimination against migrant women in the housing market: ‘

Cologne rent index 2023

Rent index for privately financed apartments in Cologne / 25th edition.
Current status: April 2023
First publication: October 1971
Updating: approx. every two years
Compiled by Rheinische Immobilienbörse e.V., 50606 Cologne, Germany
with the cooperation of:
– Kölner Haus- und Grundbesitzerverein von 1888 – Association of the private housing industry – Cologne tenants’ association
– Tenants’ Association Cologne e. V.
– Rheinische Immobilienbörse e. V.
– City of Cologne, Office for Housing
– Association of house, apartment and land owners Cologne e.V.
– köln ag, Cologne Housing Association (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Kölne Wohnungsunternehmen e. V.)
– Office of the expert committee for property values in Cologne
– Real Estate Association Germany IVD
– Association of real estate consultants, brokers administrators and experts region West e. V.
Direct download:
Cologne rents continue to shoot up – significant increase for apartments in older buildings

To read

Dossier of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Housing. City. Society
Housing in Cologne
Facts, figures and results 2020/2021

Broadcasts, reports, news
Housing cancellations continue to rise
Housing summit:
Alliance calls for more money. Rent explosion due to speculation not an issue
A 61-year-old man from Erftstadt is accused of shooting at homeless people with a ballpoint pen at Cologne’s main train station. The trial started at the regional court.
More and more homeless people are mentally ill. Two street workers report how their non-coercive methodology is reaching its limits.!5915475/
Rents in big cities continue to rise
Trailer parks soon in Germany too?
A visit to a campground where Germans are now moving who can’t – and won’t – keep up.
Housing crisis: associations call for special funds of 50 billion euros
Record immigration meets record housing shortage. There is currently a shortage of around 700,000 apartments in Germany. The “Social Housing” alliance believes a “construction booster” is needed.
Building permits for apartments fall for tenth month in a row
According to industry estimates, at best 250,000 apartments are likely to be completed this year. Federal Construction Minister Klara Geywitz (SPD) has already conceded that the traffic light coalition’s new construction target of 400,000 homes a year will also be missed in 2023.
Germany lacks 2.2 million age-appropriate apartments, according to a study.
Homelessness: Begging is no longer allowed in Hamburg
Jan Böhmermann: The inner city is dying
Rising rents plunge many into poverty
Feature: “Outside”. On the lives of homeless families in Berlin
Orbán against the homeless: When poverty is punished

22.04.2023, 11 a.m., Rally against arbitrariness of authorities, Wallstr.31, 51063 Cologne, Germany
22.04.2023, 12 – 16 o’clock nationwide action day mobility turnaround now. Heumarkt.
23.04.2023, 14-18 o’clock, summer on the Kalkberg: PopupBiergarten.
04/24/2023, 7:30 p.m., Where does Cologne want to go? Via culturalis or Via Ballermann? Cathedral Forum
04/25/2023, 6pm-2pm, Event on the Lindgens-Areal in Mülheim South. The current planning status. Lokschuppen, Hafenstraße 7, 51063 Cologne, Germany.
04/25/2023, 6:30 p.m., Spring Festival at the House of Architecture with the new Cologne Department Head for Urban Development, Andree Haack, Josef-Haubrich-Hof 2.

03.05. – 11.06.2023 Exhibition Poetry of the Street – Photography by Peter Ruthardt
Vernissage: Wednesday, 03.05. / 19.30 clock, Location: Art and Culture Local Alte Feuerwache
Melchiorstraße 3 – 50670 Cologne / Agnesviertel
08.05.2023, 7 pm, Right to the City, Open Meeting. Old Fire Station
11.05.2023, 6 p.m., Hearing on the interim use in the Otto-Langen-Quartier, MüZe
05/16/2023, 3:30 p.m., Council.
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
April 22, 2023
Klaus Jünschke and Rainer Kippe

Call for donations
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Donation account MachMit! e.V. IBAN: DE53370501981011342704
Intended purpose: Aktionsbündnis

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