Socioeconomics

City Hall takes care of vulnerable with ‘Help at Home Plus’

Municipal worker Ioannis Chrysanthakopoulos, 39, carries goods for pensioner Vassiliki Chalari, 83, as part of the Athens Municipality's "Help at Home Plus" program that has been extended to members of vulnerable groups, including the elderly, who face particular challenges during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Elderly homeless people await help amid coronavirus epidemic

Elderly homeless people are awaiting help as they still have no roof over their heads, despite a curfew imposed specifically for people over the age of 65 and those with chronic illnesses due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Stating that he has been living in the streets for 35 years on and off, Alaattin Arslan said that he is experiencing coronavirus anxiety.

Better care for city’s homeless

The City of Athens is stepping up efforts to help the homeless by increasing access to social workers and upgrading services.

The municipality's Center for Reception and Solidarity (KYADA) has doubled staff shifts on the streets, ensuring the homeless are assisted daily from morning until 10 p.m.

Man found dead in house fire in northern Athens

A 68-year-old homeless man was found dead in a house in the northern suburb of Halandri in Athens which caught fire on Wednesday night, state-run news agency ANA-MPA reported Thursday.

The fire service's investigative division believe the blaze likely started from the candles the man had lit to keep warm in the house where he found refuge.

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