Baby carriage and suitcase, 1940s

Alsfeld doubled!Founding of the Gemeinnützige Bau- und Siedlungsgenossenschaft eGmbH Alsfeld

After the end of the Second World War, many refugees and displaced persons flocked to West Germany. About 5,000 people found a new home in Alsfeld, which meant almost a doubling of the population!

Although Alsfeld had been spared major destruction, there was naturally a lack of living space for so many people. At first, they were housed in private apartments through forced admissions. Only 6 square meters were allotted to each person. This is hardly imaginable today.

Creating new living space was therefore more than necessary. In 1948, a number of Alsfeld citizens embarked on a path to this end by founding a building and settlement cooperative. The tenants were also members of the cooperative, owning shares and having a say in the matter. At first, it was difficult to raise the necessary capital and land. But it succeeded in building 277 apartments in Alsfeld in the 1950s. Recognized as a non-profit organization since 1978, the cooperative now has 610 housing units. CCRH