Homelessness in Athens rises by 25 percent

Homelessness in Athens has risen by 25 percent on last year, as the effects of the recession are felt, according to reports.

According to a report published Wednesday in Eleftherotypia daily, a new class of homeless has emerged, the neo-homeless, meaning people who have lost their house because of the lingering debt crisis.

Most of the neo-homeless are neither drug addicts nor mentally disturbed.

According to Klimaka, a nongovernmental organization offering support to the homeless and depressed, the number of homeless was estimated at 20,000 at the end of 2010.

According to NGOs active in the capital, the areas most frequented by homeless people include parts of Thiseio, Koumoundourou and Kaningos Squares, the coach station on Kifissos Avenue, the port of Piraeus, Larissis railway station and the vegetable market at Renti.

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