How did you get homeless

WIENERIN Podcast # 52: How did you get homeless, Valentina?

For a long time Valentina didn't know where to go. Her only thought was: just get through the night.

on December 27th, 2020, 11.00 a.m.
© Wienerin / Hannah Sobol

When she is four months pregnant, her boyfriend shows her out. Valentina has to sleep outdoors for three weeks. For a long time she doesn't tell her friends, colleagues and her boss that she is homeless. She was too ashamed, says Valentina. Today she works with the homeless herself.

Valentina speaks in the WIENERIN podcast Barbara Haas about what it means to be homeless as a woman, how she got through the nights outdoors and was able to build a new life with her daughter.

© Wienerin / Hannah Sobol

Help for homeless women
In Vienna there are some offers that specifically support women who are homeless or homeless.

  • Shelter Ester: Das Obdach Ester (offer from Shelter Vienna) is open to women and children 365 days a year. The facility has showers, a washing machine with dryer, a kitchen and a relaxation room. A registration is not necessary. The offer is free of charge.
  • Shelter Favorita: The shelter Favorita (offered by Shelter Vienna) a bed for the night in the winter months.
  • FrauenWohnZentrum: The FrauenWohnZentrum is an institution of Caritas and offers 32 places for women over 18 years of age in acute emergency situations who have no accommodation.
  • House Miriam: In Miriam's house Caritas there are 40 places in single and twin rooms for women in acute emergency.
  • JUCA: At JUCA, an institution of Caritas for young adults, there are four places in the emergency quarters for women between 18 and 30 years of age.
  • Emergency quarters plus: The Notquartier Plus in Rupert Mayer Haus offers shelter and shelter to sick homeless women. Unlike other emergency shelters, the women can stay all day. You will receive medical treatment and food until your health improves. The allocation to the Notquartier Plus is carried out by the P7 - Vienna Service for the Homeless.