In June 2022, Scout24 entered into a cooperation with the Berlin City Mission (Berliner Stadtmission). As Germany's No. 1 real estate platform, we know how essential it is to have your own home or at least a secure roof over your head. That's why the cooperation with the Berlin City Mission is particularly important to us. Every day, they work to provide homeless people with the most basic necessities, such as food and clothing, and support them in their search for a new home.
In this context, the Berlin City Mission is a pioneer in spreading the Housing First approach, which is also followed by our HOME STREET HOME initiative between ImmoScout24 and ONE WARM WINTER. Through the ImmoScout24 platform, we find people who are willing to rent their homes to homeless people. We then put them in touch with Housing First organizations. Homeless people are thus at first provided with an apartment to give them a real chance to find their way back into life. Currently, the Berlin City Mission already receives a notification when a new apartment has been found through HOME STREET HOME. In the future, we would like to intensify our cooperation in the area of Housing First.
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Moreover, our employees are already involved in various social projects of the Berlin City Mission, such as the initial care of refugees from Ukraine at the Berlin Central Station. As part of our corporate volunteering format "Social Summer," all employees have eight hours at their disposal over a period of several months to support social projects of non-profit organizations focusing on homelessness and helping people from Ukraine during their working hours.
Even at our annual Scout24 summer party, our new cooperation was in the spotlight: The Sustainability Team organized a raffle, the proceeds of which benefited the Berlin City Mission. In addition, employees started a spontaneous donation rally. As Chief People & Sustainability Officer, Dr. Claudia Viehweger and Nicola Markwardt (Junior Sustainability Manager) handed over the collected donations. The money will be used to maintain emergency shelters and to provide medical care for the homeless.
"With the Berlin City Mission, we have found a new partner to jointly set a strong example against homelessness. I am particularly proud of the commitment of our employees, who make a great contribution to our social responsibility. We are looking forward to the intensive cooperation with the Berlin City Mission, which will bring us closer to our goal of finding homes for everyone," says Dr. Claudia Viehweger, CPSO of Scout24 SE.