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Street paper Hempels creates affordable housing for homeless vendors in Kiel

 INSP 16 May 2019

Faced with rising rent costs and a competitive housing market, securing affordable housing is a huge challenge for homeless vendors in Kiel. But the local street paper has come up with an ambitious solution. INSP reports on Hempels’ plan to set up a social business that will purchase mobile homes and small apartments across the city, and rent them out to vendors who would otherwise struggle on the open housing market. Vendor Andreas explains what securing permanent housing will mean to him. (900 Words) - By Laura Smith

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A new affordable housing project from Hempels could help vendors like Christian Casper out of shelters and into permanent and private accommodation.Credit: Hempels

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Andreas lives in a homeless shelter in Kiel. He supports Hempels’ project because “the streets and public shelters cannot be permanent solutions.”Credit: Hempels

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Hempels founder Jo Tein (right) with Heiko Naß, Chief of the Diakonische Werk Schleswig-Holstein (left), during a discussion about Hempels hilft wohnen in Kiel.Credit: Hempels

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A new affordable housing project from Hempels could help vendors like Bernie out of shelters and into permanent and private accommodation. Credit: Hempels

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A new affordable housing project from Hempels could help vendors like Willie Wallner out of shelters and into permanent and private accommodation. Credit: Hempels


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