SolidarityNow implements in Greece innovative hosting and accommodation programs for refugees and asylum seekers.
Accommodation in Hotels
SolidarityNow provided refugees and asylum seekers who were eligible for relocation with a wide range of services (information and interpretation services, psychosocial and legal support, recreational and educational activities, case management) with the aim to facilitate their temporary stay in Greece. By the end of 2016, 2,729 people have benefited from this program in Athens, Evia (Rovies), Peloponnese (Kranidi) and Epirus, while being accommodated in UNHCR-leased hotels.
Accommodation in shelters and independent buildings
Accommodation and a wide range of free services (information and interpretation services, psychosocial and legal support, recreational and educational activities, case management) was provided to asylum seekers and refugees in Thessaloniki and Sindos through two independent blocks of apartments and a shelter for vulnerable cases. By the end of 2016, more than 500 individuals have been benefited through these programs.
“Safe Refugee” – specialized program for LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers
To meet the increased needs and the multiple risks faced by LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers, SolidarityNow implemented a specialized housing and support program, known as “Safe Refugee”, under which LGBTI refugees are accommodated in independent apartments in Athens and Thessaloniki. Participants in the program received psychosocial support, legal aid, participated in educational and recreational activities and were part of a wider network aiming to improve their living conditions and support them while staying in Greece.
Tilos – Community & Integration pilot project
The Social Care and Development Society of Tilos Municipality is currently running an accommodation shelter for refugees and asylum seekers. The shelter, which was set up in 2015 by SolidarityNow, continued to stand out as a unique example of a small local community project that welcomed refugees and migrants and catered for their smooth integration to society.
The Hosting and Accommodation Programs continue in 2017, are supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and funded by the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO).