Unemployed. Two teenager children. Wife in hospital. No home. A life in times of economic crisis. A life on grimy poverty allowance of 620 euro every two months. A car turned into a bedroom for two. The crisis strikes without mercy.
The car is parked in the parking slot of the hospital in Chania, Crete, where the wife underwent an operation. The father, 50, and the oldest child, a 17-year-old boy, spend their days and nights in the car. They use public water for a face wash in the morning, before the boy leaves the ‘new family home’ for school.
The daughter, 16, is currently in a new role, as carer for the mother in the hospital.
The father says that he sells some everyday items to friends in the city and that he has managed to get together 18 euro. The amount will be spent on food.
The family managed to obtain a “food card” of 130 euro that will help them to buy some every day items and utensils so that the father can cook some food for the son.
When the wife will be discharged from hospital, the car will be too small to host a family of four.
Giorgos, the father, is optimistic that someone will have pity with his family and offer them a place to live. “We could pay a small amount for the housing,” he says.
A social worker at Chania municipality tells local Nea TV, that the majority of the homeless in the area are 41-52 years old men, with mandatory education.
She says that there are currently 500 homeless families in Chania area in need of urgent help and social infrastructure.
Several homeless find a place to sleep and a plate with meal in the hospital.