As we steadily creep into the harsh winter months of 2019, not everyone has a place to sleep at night – and two Berlin nightclubs are taking action. The Astra Kulturhaus and Bi Nuu are opening their doors to the homeless population as the temperatures continue to drop this winter.
Located in the Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain neighborhood of Berlin, it’s reported that the Bi Nuu can safely accommodate up to 15 women, and the Astra Kulturhaus can host up to 25 men.
While that may not seem like a lot of people, it’s rare to see a nightclub offer public services like shelter and accommodations for the homeless. It’s likely that the number of people they can host is limited by Berlin’s fire code, since the clubs will need to set up beds for the people they admit. The clubs also have to take into account their available staff, safety and security measures, and any other accommodations like food and toiletries that they can offer to their overnight guests.
Regardless of the number of people admitted to these temporary shelters, it’s exciting to see the nightlife community come together to aid in combating the dangers that come with homelessness, especially during the winter.
Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain district spokeswoman Sara Lühmann commented on the news of the temporary shelters:
“[It’s] great when clubs make such offers and take on social responsibility. We are happy about every additional offer to further expand the number of cold weather places.”