One concern of the Foundation is the provision of affordable housing for senior citizens, if possible in the form of shared apartments or cross-generational residential models. Through purchases, donations and bequests, Stiftung Edith Maryon acquires residential properties or land on which housing can be built. The Foundation subsequently rents these buildings and apartments to interested parties who may, in individual cases, be granted usufructuary rights; alternatively, the Foundation grants a long-term building lease or offers a Miet-Eigentum arrangement (a special type of lease whereby the tenant enjoys the benefit of additional rights but the Foundation retains the title to the property).
In every case, the primary goal – to enduringly secure socially responsible places of residence and work – is to reduce the encumbrance of debt on property. Further social goals are to encourage self-accountable and self-administrative structures and to promote living, good quality architecture that encompasses green building methods enabling people to feel at ease with their individuality and within the social whole.