NEWS

NEW CORONA REGULATIONS

Sex workers* who are interested in a Corona vaccination can contact the Health Service (MA 15) of the City of Vienna.
1030 Vienna, Thomas-Klestil-Platz 8 [TownTown].
Phone: 01-4000-8015
E-mail: post@ma15.wien.gv.at
Website: www.gesundheitsdienst.wien.at
If you have any questions, the SOPHIE counselors will be happy to help you during our opening hours

According to the new regulation of the Federal Minister for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, sex work in locales (studios / brothels) is also possible again as of May 19. However, many restrictions must be observed.

The locales must be entered with a FFP2 mask. The opening hours are between 05:00-22:00 and you need a test, vaccination certificate or confirmation of recovery.

You can read the regulation here:

 

Vienna: You can book and reschedule appointments for the medical check-up quickly and easily online.

Recommendations for the sex industry (PDF, 115 KB) (25.06.2020)

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Information about Coronavirus you can find Here and Here. 

Multilingual information service of the city of Vienna: Here you will find information about Corona in English.

 
 
Information Burgenland:
 

https://www.burgenland.at

All over Austria:

As one-person entrepreneurs, the corona virus also poses great challenges for sex workers. The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) provides some important answers on corona for one-person entrepreneurs and informs about support possibilities and immediate measures. You can find more information HERE. Among other things, all SVS (formerly SVA) insured persons have the possibility to apply for payment in instalments and deferral of SV contributions.

 
Using the application form for special regulations concerning coronavirus, you can apply for tax relief at the Austrian tax office. You can find more information and the application form to download on the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance. Also, the deadline for submitting the 2019 income tax return was extended to 31 August.

Information on Hardship Fund

Applications for financial support can be submitted to the WKO online since 20.04.2020.

Self-employed persons who are economically significantly threatened by COVID-19 within the period from 16.03.2020 to 15.03.2021 can apply for support. The payment is divided into 12 periods of consideration:

  •     Period under consideration 1: 16.3.2020 to 15.4.2020
  •     Period under consideration 2: 16.4.2020 to 15.5.2020
  •     Period under consideration 3: 16.5.2020 to 15.6.2020
  •     Period under consideration 4: 16.6.2020 to 15.7.2020
  •     Period under consideration 5: 16.7.2020 to 15.8.2020
  •     Period under consideration 6: 16.8.2020 to 15.9.2020
  •     Period under consideration 7: 16.9.2020 to 15.10.2020
  •     Period under consideration 8: 16.10.2020 to 15.11.2020
  •     Period under consideration 9: 16.11.2020 to 15.12.2020
  •     Period under consideration 10: 16.12.2020 to 15.01.2021
  •     Period under consideration 11: 16.01.2021 to 15.02.2021
  •     Period under consideration 12: 16.02.2021 to 15.03.2021

Attention! A separate application must be submitted for each period under consideration.

It must be confirmed that the applicant is economically significantly threatened by COVID-19. This is the case if in the respective period under consideration there has been a drop in turnover of at least 50%, if the running costs could no longer be covered or if (at least for the most part) there was a ban on entering the premises.

The exact eligibility criteria and the application form can be found at wko.at/haertefall-fonds.

On the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance you will find the FAQ on the Corona aid package of the Austrian Federal Government.

We will be happy to assist you in clarifying whether you meet the requirements for funding. If this is not the case, we will still try to help you. Simply contact us by phone or e-mail. Monday to Thursday we are available for you from 10:00 to 17:00.

Medical care without healthcare insurance

The neunerhaus health centre in Vienna’s 5th district offers general medical care and social work counselling for people who do not have healthcare insurance. If required, video interpreting is available in more than 50 languages.

The address and opening hours of the neunerhaus Health Centre can be found HERE

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Information on food supply

We are collecting vegetables and fruits from the Wiener Tafel weekly, if you are interested in a food package, please call in advance and book an apointment with us.
 
 
Burgenland:
 

Food is distributed in Eisenstadt and in Oberpullendorf, details can be found on the following website: http://www.pannonischetafel.com/.

Lower Austria:

Here you have the possibility to buy cheap supplies: https://www.soogut.at/.

A list of distribution points can be found here: Social info.

Nationwide:

The Team Austria Board has food distribution points throughout Austria. Here you can find a list of the currently open distribution points.

ATTENTION: Due to the current situation, the opening hours of the distribution points may change daily. Therefore, please check the opening hours of the respective location before you go there.

When things get tight – help in case of violence

Many people now spend much more time together and often in a small space. This is not always possible without conflicts. If you need help you will find it here.

Job offers

If you are looking for a job and have any questions or need assistance with the application process, please contact us via phone: +43 1 897 55 36 or send us an e-mail: sophie@volkshilfe-wien.at
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Our Services address current and former sexworkers.
Multilingual counselling. All topics concerning sexwork.

Opening hours: Mon-Th 14h – 17h
Availability by Phone: Mon – Th 10h – 17h

T +43 /1 / 897 55 36
sophie@volkshilfe-wien.at

Here you find more Information: Sexwork Info

Taxes and insurance: Info_2020

Sexuality and health: Piktogramm

For more information on health, safer sex and safer work check out the videos „safer work for sex workers“ produced by Hydra, a councelling center in Berlin focusing on prostitution.