The Athens Housing Collective (AHC)
It is a housing and community-based project which aims to address the basic needs of LGBTQI+ individuals and provide a holistic range of support services throughout the various stages of social integration. Qualification for the program requires a person to be 18+ YO, part of the LGBTQI+ community, holding valid documentation in Greece and must be open to sharing accommodation. The program requires participation in Greek language lessons, LGBTQI+ events, employability sessions, bi-monthly casework and communal participation in the Safe Place Community Center. AHC provides housing for up to 1 year, with the aim of facilitating information transfer within a supportive context, enabling its members to gradually integrate into Greek society. This means having a strong level of the Greek language, knowledge of the socio-cultural context of Greece and having all the relevant documentation needed for employment and appropriate housing. Prior to a member’s completion of the program, there is a strong focus on facilitating the transition of the graduate to full autonomy and independence.