Major Greek Cities Preparing Shelters and Aid During Ongoing Cold Snap


The municipal services of major Greek cities on Monday said they were fully ready to provide support to the homeless during the upcoming cold snap, which is forecasted to hit Greece in the next few hours.

In Athens, the municipal services are on alert to offer support to the homeless and those in need. The Athens Municipality Reception and Solidarity Center (KYADA) and its 16 cooperating institutions and organizations are already organizing the distribution of blankets and food, escorted by medics and social workers who will inform those willing to be transported to heated facilities on the necessary procedures.

It should be noted that by today two heated municipal buildings will remaining open 24 hours a day. In addition, there will also be a 24-hour phone line for Athens residents, at the four-digit number 1595, and the Athens Municipality Reception and Solidarity Center (KYADA) will be open 24 hours a day.

In Thessaloniki, the central municipality has already mobilized additional indoor heated spaces which will operate until Monday, January 5 in order to protect vulnerable social groups, especially the homeless.

In Piraeus, due to the severe weather conditions, the municipal Guesthouse for the Homeless “I Anakoufisi” is already hosting people facing housing problems, while the municipal gym “Panagiotis Salepas” is hosting the homeless overnight and will continue to do so until there is an improvement in the weather.