Everyday life is becoming too expensive for many

The rise in prices is now even being felt by income groups who have previously made do with their money. They’re making it now, but they don’t know for how much longer. Gudrun Steinmann confirmed that they are increasingly getting tips from Vienna’s debt counseling service. In view of rising prices, she expects more and more such people to be affected. The rise in prices will be reflected in debt for many Viennese with a time lag in autumn or in the coming year.

Debt counseling clarifies potential savings. This may be the case with the car, through price comparisons when making purchases, through less consumption in restaurants or with daily shopping. For example, many people have forgotten how to shop consciously and how to cook consciously.

Inflation: More and more Viennese at food distribution points

More and more Viennese need support because of the strongest inflation in 40 years. Caritas registers significantly more social counseling.

Repair of the washing machine not affordable

30 percent more people are now also coming to the social counseling centers, including families with children, pensioners or single mothers: “Just last week I had a counseling session with a single mother who has been washing her laundry by hand for weeks because she cannot afford to repair the washing machine,” says Doris Anzengruber, head of Caritas social counseling.

An 84-year-old woman asked for advice because she could no longer save and then canceled her funeral insurance. This gives her 30 euros again, with which she can buy groceries.

Long lines in front of food distribution points

Not only debtor and social counseling are registering more inquiries, the crisis is also clearly evident in the long queues in front of the Caritas food distribution points. More and more people in Vienna are dependent on this almost free shopping: “We notice that there is a great need. In recent years we have been giving out around seventeen tons of groceries a week, now it’s twenty-four. The need is great and growing,” said Anzengruber.

Even before the rise in prices, it was scarce for many people, now everyday life is becoming unaffordable for more and more people. The social system no longer catches them sufficiently: “What is needed in any case is poverty-proof social assistance or minimum income. People can hardly get by with social assistance anymore,” emphasized Anzengruber. Even working people would ask for help. Caritas does not expect the situation to ease. She is therefore currently looking for another location for a new, large food distribution.