The social and health committee is debating ideas for making the neighborhood safer again and helping consumers with their search.
On Thursday evening, the social and health committee discussed the station district and effective offers of help for it. Beatrix Baumann (Greens) explained that the situation of drug help in the district is the same as it was 30 years ago, when the precarious conditions were met with the Frankfurter Weg. Today’s problems call for short-, medium- and long-term solutions, which the coalition wants to address with both of its proposals, but for which it is very dependent on the help of the federal government.
The federal government should allow Frankfurt to try out ideas for model projects in the treatment of crack addicts and substitution. According to the application, the magistrate should also submit proposals for the establishment of clearly defined opportunities for consumers to stay in public spaces. To do this, you have to secure yourself legally, says Baumann, and you need to discuss this with the city’s society and experts. She explained that it will take time and that it could take four to five years to test which approaches work.
Social department head Elke Voitl (Greens) presented a few short-term measures. There should be a hygiene station with showers and toilets in a container “soon”. Such a place needs to be managed and managed. In the long term, a permanent building should be found for the hygiene station.
Furthermore, a coordination office will be set up in the district, which will develop new measures, but also make existing offers more visible. The number of emergency overnight stays has already been increased, as has the youth welfare service, which is to take care of young people – mostly runaways – in the station district.
Health department head Stefan Majer (Greens) pointed out how difficult it was to find staff for the measures. For example, the outreach care for drug users “Ossip Streetwork” is to be expanded by two additional positions and the opening times of the night café are to be extended.
The CDU agreed to the coalition’s proposals, but criticized the fact that there was no rough timeline for when the measures should be implemented. Christian Democrat Sabine Fischer: “Without us, your two motions would not be mentioned.” Your party had already submitted a motion in November, which was also discussed in the evening. The coalition voted both with approval and rejection. In the end, the motion did not find a majority. Probably also because the CDU wanted to ensure more security in the station district with a no-arms zone and video surveillance. But also because the party is calling for a central health and social center in the district. Majer replied that several contact points were needed instead of one large one.
Patrick Schenk (AfD) criticized the coalition’s motions as being too vague on some points. Especially when it comes to the question of how to make the route safer for workers in the district.