On Saturday, on the eve of natural disasters, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with the homeless in the port of Piraeus.
The head of government asked them about the existing problems and promised to help with vaccination against the coronavirus. The prime minister’s press release says:
Mitsotakis talked to the homeless about whatever was bothering them and what they wanted to solve. For their part, they thanked the Prime Minister for the fact that the Secretary General for Social Solidarity and the Fight against Poverty, Yorgos Stamatis, is constantly with them. “We are a family here, Mr. Prime Minister,” said one of the residents of this place, meaning that there are people from different parts of the country, from Zumerka (mountains in the north of the country) to Kefalonia, and there is solidarity between them.
The Prime Minister thanked the staff of the Red Cross and other charitable organizations for their services, hot meals and blankets for the homeless. As well as doctors from the organization “Doctors of the World”, who are close to the homeless, providing support with medicines and medical care. The press release says:
They also discussed the vaccination process with the prime minister, who promised to hold an immediate meeting with the vaccination department and chief epidemiologist Sotiris Tsiodras for those who had not yet been vaccinated.
The government has come up with a number of initiatives for homeless citizens. The national strategy is aimed at eliminating homelessness by 2025-2026, for this, registration in the registry begins in the country. At the same time, a special program “Housing and work” is being launched – in cooperation with local governments, it is planned to provide the homeless with housing and communal work. It is expected that 600 households will join the program.
The Recovery Fund includes a special program with a budget of 111 million euros for 10,000 unemployed people who face difficulties in integrating or reintegrating into the labor market. The unemployed, who belong to socially vulnerable groups, will receive a monthly subsidy of 700-750 euros, the press service said.
According to official data, there were 630 people in structures for the homeless in December 2021, 76 were in the process of being admitted. A year ago, there were 732 and 59, respectively. Of the 630 people, 525 have already been vaccinated against coronavirus, and 19 are being vaccinated.