1. Register your flatshare
Housing refugees in private accommodation provides advantages for everyone: refugees are able to live in sound accommodation, learn the language faster, and adjust to a new environment more easily. You, on the other hand, will get to know a different culture and help a person in a difficult situation. If you want to take part in this project, sign up here. We will put you in touch with a refugee who fits you and your flatshare. When you register your flatshare, we will ask you for some more details about your living situation, such as the number of flatmates, the languages you speak, your city and surroundings etc. Such information will help us match hosts with refugees.
2. We’ll get in touch with you
Following your registration, we will help you find a suitable flatmate for you. Once we have identified someone suitable, we will put you both in touch with each other so that you can get to know each other. If everybody is happy, the refugee will move in shortly after. Our FAQ explains you why a meeting between refugee and potential flatmates should happen as soon as possible.
3. Starting the funding process
There are many options to finance the rent for a room. From our experience, we recommend micro-donations: several people who provide small donations on a monthly basis. We sent e-mail requests to friends and acquaintances, and within two weeks we were able to ensure the rent for a whole year. The commitments range between 3€ and 50€ per month, using monthly bank transfers or up-front donations. Another option is to use an established platform to crowdfund. Several federal states in Germany (for example, Berlin) offer support for refugees to move out of camps and help finance the new residence. Thus, if a refugee with approved residency status moves into a flatshare in Berlin, the rent should generally be paid for by the federal state. However, there are different regulations for every federal state. Contact us for more information!
4. Here we go!
After you get to know each other, your new flatmate will move in. We will support you during this time and will be there for any questions that might arise. You can always approach a local refugee organisation, such as the matching body. Many of these provide language courses, help with connecting to the community or provide support in the search for internships or admission to university classes.