By the end of August 2018, UNHCR had created 25,492 places in the accommodation scheme as part of the ESTIA programme. These were in 4,235 apartments and 25 buildings, in 14 cities and 7 islands across Greece.
The Accommodation Scheme provides rented housing to vulnerable asylum-seekers and refugees in Greece. Urban accommodation helps restore a sense of normalcy and provides better access to services, including education and health. People are additionally supported by social workers and interpreters who help them access medical services, employment, language courses and recreational activities.
In total, since November 2015, 51,462 individuals have benefited from the accommodation scheme. 21,452 people were accommodated as of the end of August 2018, 4,734 of whom are recognized refugees.