Housing for people with social problems

It is a basic human right to have a roof over your head. Yet increasing numbers of people in our town are threatened by eviction and cannot afford suitable accommodation.

Help with rental arrears and impending termination of tenancy (safeguarding accommodation)

The aim of our counseling efforts is to prevent people from losing their homes. You can seek advice from us in any of the following situations:

  • Impending eviction from your home
  • Repossession orders
  • Tenancy terminations without prior notice

We help by:

  • Clarifying the financial situation
  • Checking whether you are entitled to help with rent arrears under the German Social Security Code (Sozialgesetzbuch – SGB) II and XII.
  • Providing information about eviction proceedings
  • Referring persons concerned to other service providers

Please bring the following documents with you to the counseling appointment:

  • Written warning or notice of tenancy termination from the landlord
  • Statement of claim filed with the court
  • Proof of income for the last 3 months
  • Bank account statements for the last 3 months
  • Tenancy agreement and current rental rate

Help with finding housing (accommodation service)

If you are in serious financial or social difficulty, you can apply for a Social Housing Eligibility Certificate (Wohnberechtigungsschein). This is a prerequisite for moving into subsidized social housing.

You can also ask for your name to be included on an emergency list. Depending on certain criteria (e.g. disability, single parent), these cases are referred on a priority basis to various housing associations or private landlords, with whom Esslingen Council has special arrangements for nominating applicants.

Housing associations

Social Housing Eligibility Certificate (Wohnberechtigungsschein)

Housing associations offering state-subsidized accommodation require their tenants to provide evidence of having a low income in the form of a Social Housing Eligibility Certificate.

The “General Social Housing Eligibility Certificate” (Allgemeiner Wohnberechtigungsschein) is needed in order to take up occupancy of state-subsidized social housing. You will be required to present the certificate to the landlord when you move into the property. The certificate can be obtained from your local council and is valid throughout Germany. It covers all members of your household.
The Social Housing Eligibility Certificate merely enables you to enter into a rental agreement. It does not automatically entitle you to social housing.

Department responsible:

  • the local council authorities in your habitual place of residence.
  • If your habitual place of residence is not in Baden-Württemberg, please contact the local council authorities in the place where you want to live.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You are looking for accommodation
  • You and the members of your household do not exceed the relevant income threshold.

Application procedure:
Applications for Social Housing Eligibility Certificates should be submitted to the local council authorities responsible. Please use the official form provided by the council. Some local councils make the application form available for downloading from their website.
Tip: It is advisable to apply for the Social Housing Eligibility Certificate in person. That way you can find out on the spot what documents are required in your particular case.

Required documents:

The documents required vary from case to case but generally include the following:

You will not be charged any fees.

  • ID card
  • Proof of income for all persons wishing to take up occupancy
  • Payslip(s) including proof of special payments                                         
  • Latest income tax return
  • Self-employed: latest net income account

Rent subsidy in the case of low income (housing allowance)

Housing allowance is a state subsidy for accommodation. This subsidy is available in the following forms:

  • Rent subsidy (Mietzuschuss) for tenants of an apartment or room
  • Hardship subsidy (Lastenzuschuss) for owners of a house or apartment

It is irrelevant for payment of the subsidy whether the accommodation is in an old or modern building and whether it receives public funding or tax breaks or is privately financed.

As a prerequisite for receiving a rent or hardship subsidy, the owner or tenant must live in the property and be responsible for paying the rent or homeowner’s expenses.

Eligibility for housing allowance and the amount payable depends on three factors:

  • the number of family members belonging to your household
  • the income of the family members belonging to your household
  • the amount of the rent or homeowner’s expenses qualifying for a subsidy

Housing allowance is only payable for reasonable accommodation expenses. The rent or homeowner’s expenses can therefore only be subsidized up to a certain maximum amount.
You are not eligible for housing allowance if you already receive various welfare benefits (jobseeker’s allowance, income support for the elderly and people with reduced earning capacity, social security benefits, etc.), as in this case the rental costs have already been taken into consideration.

Help for the homeless

If you are homeless, please contact the Community Social Services Office (Kommunaler Sozialdienst) of Esslingen am Neckar Council.

We look into the overall situation of the persons concerned in the course of a detailed interview. On request, we can arrange for you to be placed in emergency council accommodation. We also inform you about possible ways of securing your livelihood.

The long-term aim of our counseling and support efforts is to help you find normal accommodation. With this in mind, we offer targeted assistance and work closely with other specialist service providers. Wherever possible and appropriate, we refer the persons concerned to these experts.

Protection from hypothermia (Erfrierungsschutz)

In the winter months, Esslingen Council provides the homeless with protection from hypothermia in collaboration with the Ev. Gesellschaft (charity run by the Evangelical Church).

The first floor houses dormitories, common rooms and sanitary facilities for men. Similar facilities are available for women on the second floor. The Ev. Gesellschaft runs a specialist advice center for the homeless in the front building. The annexe houses an admission center. People taking advantage of the services for protection from hypothermia also have low-threshold access to further aid programs.

Fleischmannstraße 25 - Hintergebäude
73728 Esslingen am Neckar
November bis März/April 18 bis 9 Uhr

Other organizations offering help for the homeless

Bürger für Berber eV.
Eberspächerstrasse 31
73730 Esslingen am Neckar
Phone 07 11 35 90 16
Fax (07 11) 6 64 65 10
Beratung und Hilfe
Duschen und Waschmaschinen
Kleiderkammer "Klamottenkiste" (auch: Outdoorausrüstung)
Impfung von Hunden

Heimstatt Esslingen e.V.
Sirnauer Str. 7
Phone (07 11) 35 17 91 31
Fax (07 11) 35 17 91 32
Wohnen mit begleitender sozialer Beratung nach § 67 SGB XII

EVA - Fachberatungsstelle für wohnungslose Menschen im Landkreis Esslingen
Fleischmannstr. 25
73728 Esslingen am Neckar
Phone (07 11) 35 74 86
Fax (07 11) 20 54 49 91 31
Beratung und Hilfe
Beteiligung am "Erfrierungsschutz"

Sheltered housing for various target groups

Sheltered housing for the elderly
This form of housing for the elderly offers accommodation suitable for the old and disabled as well as basic care. Further services are available if necessary.

Sheltered housing for the mentally ill
This scheme is open to people with mental problems following prolonged illness or repeat stints of hospitalization. The aim is to maintain the familiar living environment. The occupants receive individual support enabling them to regain their independence in everyday life as far as possible.

Sheltered housing for people with an addiction
The Social Welfare Office runs a therapeutic aftercare community for addicts as well as a residential home for chronically dependent people with multiple problems that it operates in cooperation with the Evangelische Gesellschaft Stuttgart.


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