Berlin’s housing debate: The rise of homelessness means an extra-cold winter for displaced Berliners

The number of people losing their homes in Berlin is on the rise, and with rental prices climbing rapidly, the chance they might bounce back from homelessness is thinning.

Photo by Nikki Motson

By Nikki Motson

The number of people losing their homes in Berlin is on the rise, and with rental prices climbing rapidly, the chance they might bounce back from homelessness is thinning.

The estimates for people living out on the streets range from three thousand to up to ten thousand people, but many thousands more are unseen, living in emergency accommodations and shelters.

We spoke to Wolfgang, a 52-year-old from Kreuzberg and one of the many people considering sleeping at Moritzplatz U-Bahn station overnight, Karin Riedz from City of Berlin Social Services, and Birgit Münchow, an advisor to the Berlin Senate on homelessness.

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