Mi­grant apart­ment plan ex­tended

Au­thor­i­ties say more asy­lum seek­ers to move into homes with pre­paid rent

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A pro­gram to se­cure hous­ing for asy­lum seek­ers with a year’s pre­paid rent is set to ex­tend to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across the coun­try in the ef­fort to pro­vide dig­ni­fied liv­ing con­di­tions to mi­grants and refugees.

The pro­gram, which is be­ing man­aged by the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sion for Refugees (UNHCR), aims to house 22,000 peo­ple in apart­ments by the end of the year, and is be­ing fi­nanced with 93.5 mil­lion eu­ros in Euro­pean funds. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the pro­gram is set to con­tinue in 2018 and, pos­si­bly, 2019. So far, par­tic­i­pants in the ini­tia­tive in­clude the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Athens, Thes­sa­loniki, Li­va­dia (cen­tral Greece), Crete and 14 non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions. How­ever, the ef­fort re­ceived a fur­ther boost yes­ter­day with the in­clu­sion of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Nea Philadel­phia-Halki­dona, while au­thor­i­ties in Trikala, Karid­itsa and Larissa are set to get on board soon. Own­ers who want to rent their apart­ment are be­ing urged to sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion to their mu­nic­i­pal­ity. Apart­ments must have a size rang­ing be­tween 60 and 120 square me­ters. Any costs for al­ter­ations and re­pairs will be cov­ered by the pro­gram. Ac­cord­ing to De­spina Spanoudi of the Philadel­phia Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, “the high­est rent is 400 eu­ros,” while the high­est num­ber of oc­cu­pants in one apart­ment is six. Ac­cord­ing to the UNHCR’s Stella Nanou, since the pro­gram be­gan in 2016, more than 30,000 peo­ple have been helped any many of them have al­ready moved to other EU coun­tries.

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