Newsletter No 137 of 13 May 2023

Action Alliance against Housing Shortage and Urban Degradation Newsletter137

Protest rally for homeless families
May 16, 2023, 3 p.m., Alter Markt in front of City Hall.
In the council meeting, the SPD parliamentary group requests that the special situation of families in housing need be brought more into focus in Cologne’s homeless assistance system. The best interests of the child must be given priority in the provision of housing and support services:
3.1.7 Motion of the SPD parliamentary group concerning “Be-
and homelessness – providing housing for families in housing need.
Since their eviction in January, the Wienands family has been living in a makeshift apartment. The 40-square-foot apartment was provided to the family by a friend of SSM as a temporary solution until the city can find an apartment suitable for a family with five young children. How long will the Wienands family have to wait for that?

“Give me the key” – Hearing on interim use in the Otto Lange Quarter
The city of Cologne acquired the former KHD administration building in the Otto-Langen area at the beginning of 2022. Since then, it has stood empty. The building is falling into disrepair and decay – as are the historic industrial halls on the approximately 6.8-hectare former industrial site where KHD and Deutz AG used to produce. This area belongs to the state of NRW.
The KHD building on Deutz-Mülheimer-Strasse is an ideal location for interim uses – for at least five years.
On May 11, numerous associations and projects presented their concrete proposals for interim uses in the former KHD building on Deutz-Mülheimer-Strasse at the MüZE community center. These are among others
Hafenakademie e.V.( ),
RheinFlanke ( ),
FrauenKulturHaus ( ),
Vringstreff e.V. with HousingFirst (,
PopKultur e.V. with studio and rehearsal rooms ( ),
Mülheim Literature Club ( )
ARGE Right-Rhine Tramway
cologne can also be different.
How long we have to wait for the interim use

By the way, Raum 13 has not responded to the invitation to the hearing. Maybe this will come up on May 15 when Jochen Ott talks to Anja Kolacek and Marc Lessle:

Hart aber fair: People looking for a home: Who is to blame for the housing shortage?

50 years ago, in 1973, 714,000 apartments were completed in the old Federal Republic. And these 714,000 apartments could not be fully rented out for the first time in the history of the Federal Republic. This was a shock to the housing industry, and it prompted a rethink.
713,000 apartments – these were only the figures for the old Federal Republic, there was also construction in the GDR – together they completed over 800,000 apartments in 1973.
Since productivity in the construction industry has risen since then, even more than 800,000 apartments a year should be possible today.

Hart aber fair did not address this story and thus did not answer the question of how the 2023 housing shortage came about.

Offers for homeless people in Cologne
A project of the katho – Katholische Hochschule NRW With addresses and information2 pages:
The map was created in the research project on the space utilization behavior of homeless people in Cologne .

Broadcasts, announcements, news
Dortmund: Press release on the eviction of night camps at the main station and the erection of anti-human, defensive architecture.
Wild Camp at Berlin Central Station: New place found for all residents.
About 70 people move into a former shelter of the cold aid. The displacement of the homeless could thus be prevented.
Vonovia sells real estate to US investors to finance energy transition


13.05.2023, 12 o’clock, Talk in Public – search apartment, Rudolfplatz, Cologne

14.05.2023, 2 p.m., Matinee, International Photo Scene Cologne: Kamil Rachwal, at the Survival Station Gulliver, Trankgasse 2, Bahnbogen 1, Hohenzollernbrücke
16.05.2023, 3 p.m., Protest rally for homeless families, Alter Markt
20.05.2023, 11 a.m. Protest rally against vacancies
25.05.2023, 3:30 p.m. Committee for Social Affairs, Senior Citizens and the Elderly

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
May 13, 2023
Klaus Jünschke and Rainer Kippe

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