By the end of September, UNHCR had created 17,661 places in the accommodation scheme as part of the ESTIA programme (Emergency Support to Integration and Accomodation), in 2,806 separate facilities and 19 cities across Greece. 83% of these places were occupied.
Vulnerable asylum-seekers and refugees in Greece can avail of rented housing through the accommodation scheme. Urban accommodation helps provide people with a sense of normalcy and facilitates their access to services, including education and health. People also receive support from social workers, interpreters, and guardians if they are unaccompanied children. The teams help them access medical services, employment, language courses and recreational activities.