More than 40,000 people are now homeless in Greece. It is estimated that nearly 20,000 of them are based in the broader Athens area. Only a handful of the homeless can be accommodated in shelters and as a result they sleep on the streets or in old abandoned buildings.
The reason behind the increase in homeless people is of course the economic crisis and it is possible that their numbers will increase even more if the government decides to lift the ban on home foreclosures as the country’s lender demand. If the ban is not renewed after the 31st of December when it is set to expire, many homeowners may be facing homelessness because of their inability to pay their mortgage.
In case the ban is lift, the consumer protection group–INKA–is insisting that primary residencies be protected from foreclosure and that the Ministry of Development gives an estimate of how many people may be losing their homes.