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World Day Against Poverty - "Protection Net" of the Municipality of Athens for the vulnerable population of the city

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October 17, World Poverty Day, is dedicated to the struggle of all those who find it difficult to cope in their daily lives. The Municipality of Athens is close to these people and their families all year round, offering them the necessary goods and basic services.

Reference points for all those who live below the poverty line are the Reception and Solidarity Center of the Municipality of Athens and the Citizens' Mutual Aid Center, from where the beneficiaries of K.Y.A.D.A. food, basic necessities, medicines, clothes, shoes, school supplies and toys are supplied. This "umbrella" of protection and support is complemented by the services of the Social Laundry of K.Y.A.D.A.

The work in numbers

-Distribution of 128 tons of food and basic necessities to thousands of families and vulnerable households | 51.000 beneficiaries
-Provision of medicines to 4.817 uninsured by the Social Pharmacy
-Distribution of school supplies and toys to children all year round
-Checks for purchases in the supermarket amounting to 58.500 euros to 1.040 families
-Aid in the midst of a pandemic of 676 families with checks amounting to 79.768 euros
-Housing and work for the homeless

Through the Citizens' Mutual Aid Center of the Social Grocery and with the assistance of corresponding programs, from September 2020 to September 2021, a total of 82.487 packages of food and basic necessities were distributed to individuals and families living below the poverty line.

In addition, 1.040 families in need received checks for purchases at the supermarket during the same period, worth a total of 58.500 euros.

Through the participation of K.Y.A.D.A. In the social program "We are Family - COVID-19", in collaboration with the Organization "We can" and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, were distributed to a total of 676 families who suffered the economic consequences of the pandemic. 79.768 euros.

In the last year, from the Social Pharmacy of K.Y.A.D.A. 4.817 needy and uninsured fellow citizens were served, receiving the medicines and items they needed (medical devices, etc.), while in the Social Laundry of K.Y.D.A., the same period, 2.669 washes were carried out.

In the last year, 1.998 people and families were served from the shops of the Athenian market. Also, through the Social Bookstore of K.Y.A.D.A. Approximately 2.400 children from beneficiary families receive the school supplies and toys they want throughout the school year.

In addition, the Municipality of Athens, in the context of its actions to address poverty through the Directorate of Social Solidarity has undertaken:

  • The provision of food and basic material goods with the support of the Operational Program of Food and Basic Material Assistance (OP EVYS) of the European Aid Fund for the Needy (TEVA). Two distributions have taken place in the last year, in April and September. Specifically, the Municipality of Athens from 20/9 to 1/10 distributed products of the Program in its warehouses in Votanikos for 13.000 families, while in total about 128 tons of food and basic necessities of TEVA were distributed to 7.392 households of the Municipality of Athens and 13.426 beneficiaries. In total, the municipality has provided food and cleaning and hygiene items to 31.100 households and more than 51.400 beneficiaries. The distributions were carried out in strict compliance with hygiene regulations and measures to protect public health from the pandemic.
  • The Social Housing Network of the Municipality of Athens offers accommodation in autonomous apartments for individuals and families (with priority given to families with minor children) who do not have the possibility of housing, with the aim of their autonomous and independent living, their psychosocial support and their employment. through the Job Center of the Municipality of Athens. The Social Housing Network of the Municipality of Athens currently hosts 17 people.
  •  The program "Housing and Work for the homeless" implemented since October 2020 (2nd approved Plan), concerns 30 households and 32 beneficiaries, who come from the Homeless Hostel of the Municipality of Athens and the Homeless Hostel of the National Center Social solidarity. To date, 10 households have been housed and the implementation of the program is in progress in all three pillars: Housing, job reintegration and psychosocial support.
  •  The "Affordable Housing" program launched by the Municipality of Athens is expected to contribute to the housing of 100 families in the near future.

"We redesigned the Social Solidarity Network, extending it throughout the city, with the valuable contribution of institutions, organizations and individuals. The goal is to make Athens a human city, without inequalities and exclusions. With one of the most powerful "weapons" that modern culture has, solidarity, we support all those who lack the essentials. We are building a city from which no one is missing and we are all moving forward together ", notes on the occasion of the World Day against Poverty, the Mayor of Athens, Costas Bakogiannis.

SOURCE: RES-EBA

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