Our support of the homeless ranges from consulting services and points of contact about assisted living to residential homes. It focuses on individuals as well as women or couples with children. Counselling, support and care are provided by qualified professionals in all facilities. Acknowledging and respecting the human being is the guiding principle of the IB. Homeless people are to be supported in living a self-determined life. The IB supports the homeless with ambulant living aid, clearing, assisted living for individuals and groups, counselling about bed space, residential homes with long-term-care, residential homes for women and couples, women’s shelters, support for apartment gathering and maintenance, advice on debt/ rent arrears, counselling and therapy on addictions and residential homes for refugees and asylum seekers amongst other offers. The support of homeless people is also a part of the product portfolio of the IB in its work against poverty, for dignity and participation. The dividing lines in Europe show a significant widening of the social gap. Every social and socio-political power is required to counteract this.
The IB understands debtor advice as an instrument for reducing poverty. It begins with crises intervention, assesses the amount of debt, provides counselling in almost all life circumstances and aims at a conclusive settlement. The IB offers debtor advice to indebted young people, single adults and families through independent advice centres or in the scope of social counselling in institutions of vocational training, support for the homeless or educational support.
In some renowned support centres, debtor advice is linked with advice on insolvency. The staff employed complete a basic qualification provided by the IB and attend in-service workshops. The IB offers crises interventions, training on dealing with money, counselling boards and advice on insolvency as informed support in case of debt.