The Urban Cash Centre, run by UNHCR and partners CRS and Caritas, provides refugees and asylum-seekers with cash assistance and other services related to the scheme, including help with enrolment, verification, card distribution and troubleshooting. UNHCR works with its Greece Cash Alliance partners to provide monthly cash assistance, encouraging self-reliance, providing dignity and allowing choice. Refugees use cash to meet their most basic needs, while at the same time contributing to the local economy.
Cash assistance is part of the ESTIA (Emergency Support to Integration and Accommodation) programme funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union. It is implemented by UNHCR and Greece Cash Alliance partners in coordination with the Greek Ministry of Migration Policy.