3: Senior citizens went online for their rights

This story is a perfect example of lifelong learning. The house at Hansa-Ufer 5 (Germany) has been a municipal retirement home since 1975. It was built for pensioners with a certificate of eligibility for public housing. Each tenant was promised that they could “Age in peace!”. But in 2007 the house was sold to a private investor by Berlin’s senate without any protection for the tenants.

What happened next? A plan for modernisation (and increase in rent!) was started. Senior tenants decided to fight for their homes and their rights by creating an online petition.

This is a story in a series of 11 citizen stories on e-Participation. Click HERE to read the full story.

Seniors and grandchildren in front of the house.

Seniors and grandchildren in front of the house.

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