Large families are rare and if so, then the grandparents, uncles and aunts are often scattered far over the country - if they exist at all. Working people need to be flexible and mobile, but they want their children to be in good hands. Older people, on the other hand, often lack contact, address and a task. A normal coexistence and assistance in everyday life are nil. This also eliminates informal networks, everyday skills and educational knowledge. The multi-generation houses are a project of the former family minister Ursula von der Leyen.
Meeting place of the generations
All generations under one roof, the principle extended extended family to today's society with a few boys and many old - so the basic idea of Mehrgenerationenhäuser. What is meant, however, is less the common coexistence of people of different ages, but rather the mutual give and take, which is why critics find the name a bit misleading. In the foreground, however, is the cohesion of the generations through the exchange between young and old as well as the care and service offers for every age group.
Promotion with millions
The nationwide action project "Mehrgenerationenhäuser" was initiated by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ).
In the project "Multi-Generation Homes II", 450 houses received an annual grant of € 40,000 over a period of three years (2012-2014).
The goal is to use the experiences and potential of all people and generations - young, old, singles, families, lay people or professional services. Important are the togetherness and the mutual support also outside the families.
Multi-generation houses are open meeting places where people of different ages come together. They help to promote children, advise families, develop commitment, give older people a new job and develop family-oriented, intergenerational services. This includes child care, household and garden services and services for seniors.