By the end of February 2018, UNHCR had created 22,049 places in the accommodation scheme as part of the ESTIA programme. These were in 3,629 separate buildings, in 20 cities 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, 43,798 individuals have benefited from the accommodation scheme.