City Organizer: Andreas Lindinger
Walk Leader: Ferdinand (from Supertramps)
Text by: Andreas Lindinger
Photographs by: Andreas Lindinger
The fourth Jane’s Walk festival in Vienna began with a particularly interesting perspective: Ferdinand, who was homeless for 3.5 years, led a walk through Vienna’s Hernals District to give us some insight into what it means to experience homelessness in Vienna, connecting the topic of homelessness with his personal story.
He showed us where people experiencing homelessness find food and clothes, restrooms, and warmth during winter. The stories he shared about his experiences and those of others–often about unexpected personal hardships and life circumstances–reminded us that any one of us could find ourselves in a similar situation. But it also showed that with a strong will, support from others and a stable social security net in Vienna, there’s a way out of homelessness in the Austrian capital.
Ferdinand doesn’t lead walks only on the Jane’s Walk weekend. The Viennese NGO Supertramps organises many walks led by guides who are currently or have in the past experienced homelessness. They show people their Vienna, a Vienna from a totally different perspective than the one walk participants know. Two more walks, one led by a guide named Robert on different places to sleep and the other one led Angelo about green places were also part of this year’s Jane’s Walk festival in Vienna.