At the end of 2016, upon a decision by the Greek government and with the cooperation of the municipalities of Ioannina and Zitsa in the Epirus region, UNHCR started maintenance, reconstruction and refurbishment works with funding from the European Commission to prepare the Agia Eleni complex for the reception and accommodation of asylum seekers and refugees. Additional construction work was carried out to make Agia Eleni safe and accessible to all. Following the completion of the restoration of the complex, INTERSOS took over the support to the management of the overall space, coordinating services provided on-site through holistic assistance and protection solutions to the hosted refugees and asylum-seekers. By the end of September 2018 Agia Eleni housed some 480 refugees and asylum seekers.