Drapetsona an exception to the rule

In contrast to most areas hit by the quake, the Municipality of Drapetsona, near Piraeus, quickly set up a housing rehabilitation program involving 150 new apartments for the residents of four buildings dating from 1932. This area is known as the «Cappadocia settlement» or the «Aghios Dionysios apartment houses.» Drapetsona’s Mayor Giorgos Araviadis and Deputy Mayor Vassilis Iggliz told Kathimerini that there had already been a plan to set up a municipal housing program and land was already being bought before the earthquake. After the Health Ministry provided an area of land and the Environment and Public Works Ministry signed the relevant contract, in September 2005 construction began with a budget of 8.1 million euros under the supervision of the Earthquake Victims’ Rehabilitation Service (YAS). According to the timetable, the homes will be ready for their occupants within a year and a half.

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