your friendly initiative of unemployed people has some news for you. Since 01.01.2018 there are new upper rent limits, which the Jobcenter has to pay due to a new regulation (AV-Wohnen) introduced by the Red-Red-Green Senate in Berlin. That sounds good at first, but still there are 86.000 households whose rent is above these limits. These households have to pay the rent not covered by the Job Center out of their standard Hartz-IV rate. They therefore have even less for living than the normal-minimum budget. This causes different problems i.e. late rent payments which leads to the terminantion of the rent contract, loss of flat and in the face of tight housing market also to homelessness. In addition, we have the impression that the job center does not inform about the raised rent limits, and does not automatically adjust to the new limits since 01.01.2018 for the cost of accommodation (KdU).
To point out this problem, we will support the action week “Resistance and solidarity in everyday life” with our own content. Three days we will be in front of the Jobcenter Leopoldplatz (Müllerstraße 147, 13353 Berlin) to get in contact with people and talk about the new AV-living and explain what has to be done, so that the Jobcenter pays or repays the current rental amounts. In addition, we will meet at the big demo and refer again to the topic by speeches and flyers.
Our neighbors know best, what rental increases, stress with the owners and the job center means. In order to give their voices space and expression, we organize together with the house project from the Prinzenallee 58 and other active tenants a traveling narrative café. We will drop off various addresses that are acutely suffering from gentrification, listen to speeches and exchange views on problems and coping strategies. This action will be accompanied by a free radio.
See you soon, hopefully
BASTA!-dates during the action week: “Resistance and solidarity in everyday life”
23.4. → 10 o’clock Jobcenter Leopoldplatz (Müllerstraße 147, 13353 Berlin) Flyer and information about the new AV-living
24.4. → 10 am Jobcenter Leopoldplatz Flyers and information about the new AV-living
26.4. → 10 am Jobcenter Leopoldplatz Flyers and information about the new AV-living
27.4. → 3 pm Driving narrative café of solidary neighbors (starting point Schererstr. 5)
30.4. → 3 pm Infoladen Schererstr. 8 – BASTA! Meeting point for the 4pm demo
30.4. → 4 pm U-Bhf. Seestr. Demonstration “Resistance and solidarity in everyday life”
More information about the action week including call and dates can be found on the website of the alliance: http://organizeberlin.blogsport.eu/
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