In the pilot "Leipziger Obdach Plus (Leipzig’s Homeless)” project, five homeless people with severe psychological impairments are offered an alternative to homelessness.
The Leipziger ObdachPlus, a joint project with Das BOOT gGmbH and the City of Leipzig’s Social Services Department, offers shelter to homeless people suffering from mental illness or people displaying signs of behavioral problems. Up until now, people who fall into these categories have not received adequate support from the institutions responsible for the homeless population and those specializing in social psychiatry. The Leipziger Obdach Plus offers an alternative to the existing options by providing low-threshold support with a stable environment in a residential area with relatively few rules and requirements. The goal of the project is to create a sustainable improvement in the living conditions of the occupants, reduce the occurrence and frequency of crises, and help determine the long-term permanent living situation and form of care.
Within the scope of the project, we offer:
- initial acceptance for five occupants (one individual apartment and two 2-person apartments)
- emergency supplies for laundry and toiletries
- a common room on the ground floor equipped with a washing machine, telephone, computer, snacks etc. (set opening and closing times).
- regular contact with employees
- assistance looking for permanent housing
- help looking for further care
- individual support to help improve general life skills and maintain daily functionality
- assistance communicating with the authorities and official institutions
- crisis intervention and management
To be admitted to the program, a questionnaire must be completed and submitted to the Social Services Department. A committee then evaluates the data and decides on possible acceptance into the program by submitting an official admissions request. At this point, no medical specialists or planning assistance are provided. During the evaluation by the committee, the specifics of the program of care will be decided upon and, where appropriate, the length of the assistance is discussed.
The team on site consists of a certified social worker and care professionals (cleaning and personal hygiene). The team regularly undergoes further training and maintains an open line of communication with other social institutions, clinics, private practitioners, and therapists, as well as the presiding authorities.
Leipzig’s Homeless Project
Dieskaustraße 54, 04229 Leipzig
If you are interested, please contact us by telephone or email to arrange a non-binding information meeting.