City of Athens opens heated shelters for the homeless during cold snap

The City of Athens on Thursday opened a second heated shelter for the homeless in Athens, to protect them against the bitter cold forecast to affect Greece over the next few days, due to the large turnout for the first shelter set up on Sofokleous Street.

The second shelter is at the Ambelokipi Friendship Association (Panormou 17 and Vatheos, near the metro station).

Seventy people were being hosted at the Sofokleous centre on Thursday, up from 50 the night before.

The municipality has also deployed a mobile reception and solidarity unit to provide on-the-spot assistance and intervene in areas frequented by homeless, to inform them about the shelters have opened, and said that emergencies can be reported round the clock at the numbers 2105246515-6 and 1595.

Homeless people using the shelters are also given hot drinks, food and blankets.

According to the most recent figures in July, there were 793 homeless people in central Athens, of which 353 were on the street.