AYS DAILY DIGEST 5.1.17- Additional homeless shelters available in Greece

With this winter proving to be a particularly cold one, those who find themselves without a roof over their head will be particularly at risk. Among many of the homeless in Greece are, of course, refugees. The infrastructure to keep the homeless warm has been expanding for a few weeks now, and it is exciting to see that more places are opening to keep people safe from the elements. With snow expected to fall soon, these shelters may be vital to peoples’ survival.

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In Athens, in addition to the regular homeless shelters, refugees may find a place to stay in numerous train stations, which will now be open overnight. Among these are Omonia, Monastiraki, and Metaxourgeio. There are also, of course, dedicated homeless shelters as well. The following homeless shelters will be open around the clock:

🏚 26, Drakou Street, Koukaki, Athens
Phone: 210 9232 044
Map: http://tinyurl.com/j45dwn7

🏚 12 Formionos Street, Pagrati, Athens
Phone: 210 7222 590
Map: http://tinyurl.com/hk9vdzr

🏚 Aimonos 9 and Astrous
Phone: 210 5140877
Map: http://tinyurl.com/jb69vtu

🏚 Eyripidou 14
Phone: 210 3315417
Map: http://tinyurl.com/z5xvds8

🏚 Telestou 4,
Phone: 210 8646481
Map: http://tinyurl.com/gllrkwu

🏚 Vatheos and Panormou
Phone: 210 6459890, 210 6451870
Map: http://tinyurl.com/jowz2jl

There is only one overnight shelter in Thessaloniki, the Arsis located on Geor. Andreou 13. This shelter are open from 5pm to 11am and their coordinates may be found here. Fortunately, there are several daytime shelters in operation as well:

🏚Grigoriou Lampraki 42, Thessaloniki
Map: http://tinyurl.com/hf7o2v7

🏚 Alexandrias 27, Thessaloniki
Map: http://tinyurl.com/hgg9f9l
Both are open 9am to 7pm, from Thursday 5th until Monday 9th January

🏚 Praksis
Monastiriou 62,
Thessaloniki 546 27
Map: http://tinyurl.com/jfjsdw9
Open 10:30–17:00

Three KAPI - Elderly Open Care Centres (KAPI Dimou Patreon) are available in Patras.

7 Vosporou Street, Geraneika, 262 26 Patra Achaea
Phone: +302610316479
Map: http://tinyurl.com/gpu26h7

2 Aidipsou Street, Psahou, 263 32 Patra Achaea
Map: http://tinyurl.com/jl6vplc

21 Kazantzaki Nikou Street, Agyia, 264 42 Patra Achaea
Phone: +302610453907
Map: http://tinyurl.com/zv2uxf7

Due to extremely low temperatures, the old Arsakeio School of Patras hosts homeless people from 20:00 to 08:00 the following day.

Address: Maizonos and Gkotsi
Phone: 6984617546 / 67972357816
/ 2610390968 / 6984617545

Map: http://maps.google.com/?cid=2848179560929086993&hl=en

More Shelters available throughout Greece. Please refer to the post of the Mobile Info Team here: https://www.facebook.com/mobileinfoteam/posts/1895260294036024



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Far-right politicians have used the incident to their advantage. Matteo Salvini of the Northern League said, “When I’m in government, there will be mass expulsions, centre closures, and the navy ships will send people back after saving them.”


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