‘’Housing lab’’ at Caritas’ Social Spot in Neos Kosmos

On Friday, 26th of July the informative workshop concerning the research of apartments to rent in Athens together with all the necessary information on this subject took place, at the Social Spot of Caritas Hellas in Neos Kosmos. The workshop was carried out by the Social worker of the Social Spot Ms. Mercina Balakaki as well as the Legal Counsellor Ms. Andriani Mardaki.

Three introductory ways of finding accommodation (internet, door-to-door and real estate agencies) were discussed, analyzing also the positive and negative aspects of each method. We then proposed areas in Athens where they can look for housing, except for Victoria, Omonia and Kipseli, the areas they are already familiar with.

In addition, we presented to them the electricity and water accounts, showing them at the same time how to measure their consumption in the apartment and what to pay attention to when renting the apartment. We have also shown what the private agreement is and how to use TAXISNET. We informed them about the benefits they will have when they have a residence permit and rent a home, while in the last part of the meeting we searched for rentals in the internet.

The idea and its realization proved to be excellent, as people kept notes, asked questions, and by the time they were leaving the meeting, they were already ready to look for the possible houses for rent on their own!

Τhe informative workshop is part of the «METAVASIS Project – Participation, Empowerment and Social Inclusion of Refugees / Migrants in Greece» concerning the support and integration of refugees and immigrants in Greek society. The Project is run by Caritas Hellas and is funded by Caritas Germany.