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Factsheet for case GR-2020-15/680 – measures in Greece

Shelter in Athens to open for the homeless

Στέγη για φιλοξενεία αστέγων στην Αθήνα', Δήμος Αθηναίων, 08.04.2020

Country Greece , applies locally

    • – EL3 ATTIKΗ (ATTIKI)
Time period Open ended, started on 08 April 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
Author Elena Kousta (INE GSEE) and Eurofound
Case created 16 April 2020 (updated 03 May 2020)

Background information

Seeking to provide decent living conditions for hundreds of homeless people in the Greek capital, the Municipality of Athens opened the doors of a new shelter which can host up to 400 people and staffed by doctors, care workers, nurses, social workers and psychologists. At the Day Centre, residents will be able to wash their clothes and take showers, while there are also places where they can store their personal belongings and internet rooms, TV rooms and a dining area.

Content of measure

According to the announcement, the Homeless Centre opened its doors, on Wednesday, 8 April, 2020, to host up to 400 people in three adjoining buildings, staffed by doctors, care workers, nurses, social workers and psychologists. At the Day Centre, residents will be able to wash their clothes and take showers, while there are also places where they can store their personal belongings and internet rooms, TV rooms and a dining area. In the dormitory, the homeless can stay as long as they need. More than 100 homeless people have already expressed an interest in staying at the shelter and staff from the municipality and other organisations were assessing candidates and carrying out medical checks. Additionally, a team of the National Public Health Organisation will test for the new coronavirus and, in the case of individuals that test positive, they will go to an isolation area specifically set up for this purpose within the facility. The Greek Red Cross, the organisations "Apostoli", Praksis, Doctors of the World, Equal Society and others have contributed to the effort. The municipality of Athens said that the aim is a gradual re-integration of the people at the facility.

Use of measure

According to the announcement, the Homeless Centre opened its doors, on Wednesday, 8 April, 2020, to host up to 400 people in three adjoining buildings, staffed by doctors, care workers, nurses, social workers and psychologists. More than 100 homeless people have already expressed an interest in staying at the shelter and staff from the municipality and other organisations were assessing candidates and carrying out medical checks.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Local / regional government
Local funds
Other

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

N/A

Views and reactions

No involvement

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Shelter in Athens to open for the homeless, case GR-2020-15/680 (measures in Greece), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.