Single Parent, No Job, No Apartment
For many people in Germany today, homelessness has become a depressing daily reality. And what should we make of the fact that it is primarily women and single parents who are affected? But surely, you will ask, not here in Germany! Unfortunately, yes. More than one quarter of all homeless adults in Germany are women. And according to estimates by the Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft für Wohnungslosenhilfe (BAG, Federal Working Group for Assistance to the Homeless), their number rose from 56,000 to more than 100,000 between 2011 and 2016. According to this organization, the fact that more and more women are becoming homeless has primarily to do with the fact that over the past 30 years, the lifestyles of women have changed dramatically. Reliable financial support from a partner, marriage for life: for many, none of this corresponds to real life today. Increasing numbers of women live alone, are financially independent, and are therefore subject to an increased danger – just like men – of losing their homes. The loss of a job can potentially mean loss of one's home as well. Moreover, women are often more precarious occupationally, tend to have smaller incomes, and are single parents far more often than men – and are correspondingly more threatened by poverty. Single mothers who lose their homes are responsible not just for themselves, but must also strive to ensure that their children are able to live something approaching a normal childhood, even without a proper home. This makes a return to independent life even more difficult. Many women and children live in a kind of concealed homelessness. They stay with friends or relatives, shifting from couch to couch. This documentary accompanies single mothers without homes as they engage in a daily struggle to provide their children with a modicum of stability, with some sense of home.