This may be the coldest night of 2016. At 6:15 p.m. and the thermometer in my balcony proudly shows 3 degrees Celsius. Surviving a cold night it’s not a challenge only for the many households that cannot afford heating in times of economic crisis.
It is especially tough for the homeless who sometimes reject a place in a shelter.
Therefore, the Greek Transport Minister decided to open five metro stations all night starting from Friday to Saturday, Dec 30th 2016, for the homeless in Athens.
The metro stations open for homeless are:
Omonoia, Monastiraki, Metaxourgeio, Elaionas and Syggroy-Fix.
According to a press release published by the Transport Ministry the metro stations will be open for five consecutive nights – and from there on, depending on the weather conditions. The Ministry has prepared the metro stations to host the homeless thus with the supply of goods and medical care.
For the first time, metro station <Omonoia> in the center of the Greek capital was opened all night from Thursday to Friday and dozens of homeless took advantage of the offer.
There is currently a broader information campaign by homeless facilities, city and regional government bodies so that everyone concerned gets aware of the possibility to escape the bitter cold outdoors even for a couple of hours.
I read somewhere on social media, that also we, citizens, could join the campaign and inform homeless people about the open metro stations.
PS KTG understands that other vulnerable groups of the society can also go to the metro stations.