Living for help
"Living for Help" is a project that creates living space for students on the one hand, and on the other hand focuses on housing partnerships between students, families, senior citizens and people with disabilities.
Numerous older people in Kiel and the surrounding area live alone in spacious flats or houses. Everyday tasks are becoming increasingly burdensome. Often there is a desire for company and conversation. Nevertheless, they do not want to give up their familiar surroundings and above all their independence. By providing housing, a housing partnership can maintain independence and fulfil the desire for companionship by providing small help in everyday life.
But not only older people, but also families can benefit from housing partnerships. In addition to help in the household, which relieves the family, for example, homework can be looked after, pets can be cared for or the children can be supervised.
There are many students who have a social interest in a partnership or are looking for affordable housing due to their economic situation and the housing situation in Kiel. For them, the project is an exciting opportunity because they do not have to pay rent. However, the rule applies: one hour of help per square metre of living space per month. In addition, there are pro rata ancillary costs for heating and electricity.
Are you interested in a housing partnership? Then simply follow the next steps.
- Please fill out one of the two questionnaires Housing Providers or Room Seekers and submit it to the project manager.
- The project manager will visit the housing providers to find out about the flat or house. The questionnaire can also be filled out together.
- The questionnaire is used to identify suitable partners. The student receives one or more contact addresses of housing providers. (Only name and telephone number will be given).
- The meeting of both parties can be accompanied by the project leader - if desired.
- During the meetings it is important to exchange information about habits and wishes.
- If both parties are interested in a housing partnership, a housing partnership agreement is concluded. The conclusion of the agreement can also be accompanied by the project leader, otherwise we ask you to inform the project leader about the conclusion of the agreement.
- If you have any questions or problems, the project manager is available at any time after the mediation.
If a housing partnership is to succeed, it is important to take enough time to get to know each other and to exchange ideas about habits. This avoids surprises.
It is advisable to meet several times before signing a contract and to communicate your own wishes and expectations.
It helps to avoid later misunderstandings or disappointments if the desired services are specified as precisely as possible in terms of type and scope, but also the shared use of other areas in the apartment or house, in the residential partnership contract and/or in a mutual agreement. When the partnership is up and running, a record of activities can be kept.
Ahrensburg, 1 room (17m2) in house with garden, own bathroom and kitchen, for student in Lübeck, help in house/garden and occasional company (elderly gentleman) wanted.
Gettorf, 2 rooms (total 66m2) with a married couple, both somewhat limited in health, good train (approx. 15 min) and bus connection, help for house, garden and dog wanted
Strande, 2 rooms (total 35m2) with a married couple, own bathroom and kitchen, in a house with garden, help in the household and possibly for sweeping leaves/snow wanted
Heikendorf, 1 room (30m2) with an elderly couple in a house with garden, own bathroom and kitchen, for students with technical interest, as small repairs or help with the maintenance of various oldtimers is desired.
Further offers on request
"Living as I want" an inclusive housing project at the Hörn in Kiel
For severely multiply disabled people who need "round-the-clock assistance", there are either hardly any places to live in Kiel so far, and if there are, the housing options are mainly oriented towards offers with a fully inpatient character in a residential facility. However, the housing wishes of young people with disabilities increasingly refer to alternative inclusive housing projects rather than the usual residential care.
In Kiel, an inclusive housing project will be built from May 2023, centrally and in the direct vicinity of the Kiel Fjord, in the middle of a lively and high-quality neighbourhood with a mix of rental and owner-occupied flats as well as gastronomy and commercial areas.
Six people with a significant physical and/or mental disability will live there with five people without disabilities (who will not necessarily be students, but the majority will be).
Residents without disabilities can finance their rent as part of a mini-job by providing assistance services for their fellow residents with disabilities. In this way, students can live cheaply and support people with disabilities in return. (It is possible to have the assistance provided certified when moving out).
Interested students must be aware that this concept does not only mean financial and locational advantages. Living together also entails obligations. For example, the non-disabled residents do not take on the role of a trained carer, but the disabled residents do need their help with everyday activities such as cooking, doing the laundry or running errands. This also means that the residents have to show a lot of mutual understanding for each other, sometimes also have to reduce their own needs and, above all, respect and appreciate each other. The inclusive WG receives support from a socio-pedagogical specialist and a care service to facilitate smooth coexistence.
Each resident has their own room including a bathroom. A large common room with kitchen, dining table and seating area is available to all residents of the shared flat. There is a nursing bathroom and a room for the professional care staff. Washing machines and dryers are available in a utility room and can be used by everyone.
The flat is located in a new building in Hörn development next to Hall 400. Assisting is a prerequisite of living in the WG.
We are looking for students who would like to live in an inclusive flat-sharing community and are not planning to stay in Kiel for a short period of time. Above all, they should be reliable and enjoy living in a colourful community. Good German language skills are urgently required so that there are no language barriers with the residents with disabilities.
Furthermore, proof of vaccination and an extended certificate of good conduct are required.
If you are interested, please contact: 0431 / 88 16 314