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Unemployed in Germany - what benefits?

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Hi Guys!

 

I dont know if anyone can give me any advice on this.

My husband was made redundant in September (after working for the company for 4 years), since then he's been unemployed, and has been getting the unemployment benefit from the Arbeitsamt. As u all know it's can be very tough to find a new job, and we have run out all our savings by now. I am not working either, im at home with my 2,5 year old, and expecting a new baby in April. (The only money i get is the kindergeld, 154Eu)

I was wondering whether we could get any help or any benefit other then my husband's dole money? Would i be eligible for some kind of benefit? Or can we get support towards paying our rent, bills, etc?

If anyone could help me with this, or give me any useful ideas, that would be great and appreciated. (Of course i could ring one of the german offices, but we dont speak german, and ive got pretty bad experiences about how they deal with clients here, not mentioning if they are foreigners.)

 

Thank u in advance.

ezitte

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You should at least contact the Arbeitsamt about German language courses as this might help your husband to obtain work.

If your husband has indicated during his benefit application that you are married and have a child then the Arbeitslosengeld level is set at 67% instead of the usual 60%.

Should that still not be enough to live on, you need to go to the Sozialamt.

you need to make an appointment with them by telephone for the office which covers your district.

You also need to take the following documentation to any appointment:

Rental agreement

Energy bills

Grant letter for unemployment benefit containing rate of benefit plus any wage slips should you be working,

Bank statements,

Grant letter for Kindergeld,

Savings books,

Personalausweis (or Passport and Aufenthaltserlaubnis as necessary).

Even if a permament support payment isn't granted, one-off payments may apply.

Find your relevant office here but one of the so-called JobCentres within the Sozialbürgerhaus is your best contact as they are specialised in co-ordinating between the Arbeitsamt and social funding.

Good luck

Katrina

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I think Katrina has it covered mostly 'cep you can also go to the Wohnungsamt to ask for wohngeld which is part of or your whole rent.

 

At the Sozialamt you can ask for Sozialhilfe which is a monthly paid support but they also pay for one-off things like if your car broke down or the washing machine ...

 

Also an organisation called pro-familia helps with information, check in the phone book.

 

good luck also!

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