Quitting sex work
Don’t have enough income to pay your rent and no right to rent allowance? Or do you live at your workplace and can no longer live there when you quit sex work? You will need to look for other housing.
It is important that you remain flexible during the search. You have to take into account that your future home might not meet all your needs.
In Amsterdam, it is very difficult to find an affordable house. The city is popular and the waiting list for social housing is very long, about 15 years. In some rare cases, you can get an urgency declaration. But that almost never works out.
What can you do on your own?
Ask people you know if you could (temporarily) stay with someone. If you can do so free of charge, that’s good, but if you can offer to pay something, it can go a long way towards getting yourself some temporary housing.
People are often afraid of losing their rent allowance if they take in someone else. That could be €300 a month. You can offer to pay that rent allowance, which makes the burden less for both of you.
Tell as many people as possible that you are urgently looking for housing. The more people know, the more likely you are to find something via the grapevine.
Keep searching online as well. Look carefully on Marktplaats, Kamernet, Funda and other websites. If you respond to an ad, work on a response that shows you in your best light. Prepare for a phone call and think about how to present yourself. First impressions are very important!
To qualify for social housing in Amsterdam, you need to register with Woningnet. You pay a one-off fee of €50 for this. After that, €8 per year will be debited from your account.
What can you do if your homeless?
Even if you were not entitled to rent allowance while working as a sex worker, there is a chance that you might now be entitled to rent allowance (if you have no/low income). Find out if you meet the conditions on the Tax Administration (Belastingdienst) website.
An urgency declaration gives you priority over other house seekers for some of the housing offered by housing corporations via Woningnet. Because of the low availability of social houses, the conditions for an urgency declaration are strict—if you get priority, others have to wait longer. Check the website of the municipality of Amsterdam for the conditions.
Do you have questions about quitting sex work? Then make an appointment with one of our social workers.
Health & Sex
Your (sexual) health is important. Especially if you are a sex worker. It is important to be vaccinated and protected against hepatitis B.
Perhaps you have experienced something bad, in your private life or at home. It could have been a recent event or even some time ago. Has a client crossed your boundaries?
It can be difficult to deal with less or little money. This can potentially lead to debt or other money problems.