The Flats

A room of my own – living in the flats


•    Our sheltered flats are located in different districts of Berlin.
•    We make a sublet contract with each resident. The minimum rental period is two weeks.
•    The women themselves are responsible for the day to day life within the apartment. This includes self- catering, parental responsibility   and regular rent payments.
•    The identity of the residents, the flats and phone number must be kept anonymous at all times – even after the woman has moved out.
•    Men are not admitted to the flats – regardless of their relationship to the women in the shelter flats.

Further important principles and requirements for living in the shelter-flats:

•     cooperating with the staff
•     a genuine desire to change their personal situation
•     tolerance towards different cultural backgrounds and customs
•     non-violence in the flats
•    Each woman has her own room together with their children, where they live independently.
•    The women are responsible to organize their daily life by themselves, cooperating with the other residents living there. Living in a     shared accommodation enables them to redraw their boundaries and discover and experience their own needs for freedom.