Seventy-one percent of homeless ended up on the streets of Athens in the last five years and 21.7 percent alone in last year, a survey conducted by the Athens Municipality found. Forty-seven percent ended on the streets after losing job. Average age is 48.
According to the study findings:
62% of Athens homeless are Greeks
85.4% are men
57% percent) are aged 35-55.
47% percent said they ended up on the street after losing their job
29%percent said they do not want to move to a shelter or other organized facility.
41.2% of respondents admitted to use drugs, 7.3% alcohol and 2% both.
The study was conducted by the City of Athens’s Homeless Shelter (KYADA) in cooperation with polls company Public Issue between March 2015-March 2016 among 451 respondents.
The number of people experiencing some form of homelessness in the greater Athens area last year was estimated at over 9,000.
Exact numbers are no possible. I remember that according to estimation of previous years, the homeless in Greece were estimated to be 20,000 with the majority of them being in Athens. The social phenomenon of Homelessness was existing also before the lenders’ bailout agreement in 2010. However, it started to formally explode after the first year of MoU, in parallel development and growth of unemployment.Unemployment was 9% before 2010, it hit 27% in 2013, was stuck to 25% in 2014-2015 and has alleged dropped to slight over 24% in first months of 2016.
Anyway, the study was funded by the Norwegian government and other European countries and is part of the “Fighting Poverty and Social Exclusion” program of the EU (I suppose…)
— it would have been better if the study was funded by the Eurogroup or the Eurozone member states or best: by the Troika of IMF, ECB and EU.
PS that’s nice: first create poverty & desperation conditions with asphyxiating bailout agreements, then fund a study to read the impact.