The number of children in Hartz IV households is falling slightly

Children in front of a shop window. What is offered in the shop usually remains an unattainable dream for children from Hartz IV families Foto: ch_rf/kd

Von B.Z./dpa

At the end of 2021, around 156,000 children and young people under the age of 18 lived in a Hartz IV household in Berlin.

That is about four percent less than in December 2020, when around 162,400 young people were affected. This emerges from a response from the education administration to a parliamentary question by MP Katarina Seidel (left).

A quarter of all Berlin children and young people are currently affected. In the districts of Neukölln (40 percent) and Mitte (38 percent), a particularly large number of children live in households with Hartz IV recipients. In Steglitz-Zehlendorf and Pankow, only eleven percent of the children and young people living there are affected.

How the corona pandemic has affected child poverty in Berlin has not yet been conclusively researched, it said.

At the end of 2021, the State Commission for the Prevention of Child and Family Poverty commissioned a scientific report on the effects of the corona pandemic on the living conditions of children and young people affected by poverty.


Hartz IV child poverty