In Brief: More than 1,600 volunteers needed for ‘Night of Solidarity’ project to count homeless population in Berlin

How many homeless people live in Berlin? Current estimates range greatly - from 6,000 to 10,000 people. That’s one reason why Senator for Integration, Labor and Social Services Elke Breitenbach is looking for volunteers to come together on the night of January 29, 2020. Breitenbach said participants will go around the city and learn more about the homeless in Berlin, in part so the Senate can better provide them with the resources they need.

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Thuringia’s premier, Bodo Ramelow, from die Linke (the Left party) is trying to figure out a way forward after this weekend’s regional elections.

His party came in first place, winning 31% of the vote. In second place was the far-right AfD (Alternative for Germany) party. They more than doubled their support from the last elections in 2014, knocking the Christian Democrats to third place.

There’s already much buzz about what kind of coalition government could come out of these results. Ramelow said he would talk with all parties except the AfD.

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The Berlin Senate Department for Integration, Labor and Social Affairs is looking for more than 1,600 volunteers to help count the homeless population in Berlin.

The idea behind the count is to pinpoint a more precise number and learn more information about the individuals. Current estimates of the city’s homeless population range greatly – from 6,000 to 10,000 people.

The count will happen overnight from the 29th of January to the 30th on what’s being deemed the “Nacht der Solidarität” (that translates to “Night of Solidarity”).

Berlin Senator Elke Breitenbach said the more volunteers they have, the more successful the project will be. Interested participants can register online.

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The Berlin Tenants’ Association said they have been inundated with questions about the Mietendeckel since the Berlin Senate passed the rent cap measures last week.

A spokeswoman for the association told Berliner Rundfunk they want to offer up more lawyers and longer consultation times to meet the needs of Berliners.

The Berlin Tenants’ Association has over 170,000 members in Berlin whom they advise on issues including changes to leases, rises in rents, and disputes with landlords.

 

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