Assignment for ZEIT Online in January 2022
Housing First is an approach that offers permanent, affordable housing to homeless people and then supports them in various ways to keep their housing and avoid going back to homelessness. Other than traditional approaches, this alternate system of emergency shelter is based on the concept that the primary need of any homeless individual is to obtain housing, and that other issues like alcoholism should be addressed once the housing is acquired.
Marina Meyer, 59, was homeless for ten years. She recently found an apartment through Housing First.
A reportage with words by ZEIT Online reporter Simone Gaul and photographs by Nadja Wohlleben.