Cold buses and emergency shelters for the homeless in Rhineland-Palatinate – SWR Aktuell


It will remain very cold in the Rhineland-Palatinate in the coming days, and the homeless are at risk of freezing to death. Their number has increased.

Down to minus 10 degrees, permafrost and snow – with these weather forecasts, most of us are very happy when we can retreat to a warm house and comfortably sip a cup of tea on the sofa. For the homeless, cold temperatures often mean an all-out struggle for survival.

How many homeless people live in RLP?
Tip 1: Be careful
Tip 2: Call the cold bus
Tip 3: Notify emergency shelters















According to the Rhineland-Palatinate Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband, it does not say how many people are currently homeless in the state. In the last year of 2020 in the survey, municipalities and independent service providers reported 6,044 homeless people.

There are about 263,000 homeless people in Germany, about 40,000 of them live on the streets or in temporary shelters. That’s according to a federal government report on homelessness, released for the first time this year. There are probably many more unreported cases. And it has apparently grown in recent years.

Ulli Baumann of the Schutstraum association in Ludwigshafen says: “Development is brutal.” His club now caters to more people; even the ones you “wouldn’t think of”. Martin Hinz from Trier’s association Caritas also noticed that more and more homeless people are seeking help, both in summer and winter.

He reckons his emergency shelter has been “pretty fully booked” for months as many people have lost their homes to inflation and mental stress. “The corona crisis and the war in Ukraine have exacerbated social and private problems,” suspects H. Hinz. But how can you help the victims?

One Helping the homeless in the freezing cold, first of all it is important to go through the city carefully. Where people make a “record” is where they camp? under the bridges? In the underpasses? In storefronts? Aid organizations such as Caritas emphasize that anyone who wants to help a homeless person can do so not bossy come in. This means that if victims do not accept help, this should be respected.

The first step is to act sensitively: look for a conversation and, if necessary, seek help directly. Martin Hinz from the Trier Caritas association emphasizes that this in case of emergency is important be, right away alert the emergency services or the police – For example, if the person is unresponsive or hypothermic. There are other ways to help.

To help people who need to sleep outside in the winter, drive in Mainz, Koblenz and Trier’s cold buses. Volunteers look for homeless people who are freezing, distribute clothes, sleeping bags, blankets, soup and hot drinks, and if requested, take them to emergency shelters. Passers-by who want to help can also specially call for cold buses.

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Where do the cold buses go? How to reach the cold buses?
Mainz 0172 6128 282
Koblenz 0261 16992
Trier 0651-88130

By the way, cold buses many municipalities in the country offer to house the homeless in emergency shelters. They are managed by associations, clubs or municipal institutions. In addition to warm food and a place to sleep, the victims also have the opportunity to take a hot shower.

Here is a selection of emergency shelters:

CITY ACCOMMODATION DRIVER
Mainz Squidward’s house Caritas
Heinrich Egli’s house
(for men)
Evangelical help for the homeless in Mainz
overeating Hostel in Bingen Caritas
Worms Travelers Hostel German Red Cross
Koblenz Hostel Lützel City of Koblenz
Neuwied Accommodation in a home in Leutesdorf District administration Neuwied
Trier Benedikt-Labre-Haus
(for men)
Caritas
House Maria Goretti
(for women)
Catholic Women’s Social Service
Don Bosco Helenenberg
(for teenagers)
Salesian Don Bosco
Ludwigshafen St. Martin
(for men)
Caritas
Kaiserslautern St…

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