During the period October-December 2013 the team of Social Street Work contacted 187 people. The data collected does not offer measurable evidence due to the limited time period and the particularity of the targeted group. The people we met on the streets, either because of reluctance or insecurity, were not always open to answer our questions. However, whilst the percentages shown on the tables below may to some extend not cover the entire reality, they still give an overview of the phenomenon that we meet on a daily basis in the streets where we walk and live.
The largest percentage of people in the street is male, though female percentage is not insignificant (Table 1).
The age of these individuals, as shown in Table 2, derives from different groups and especially the ones of children and 31-40 years of age. Taking into consideration that a large percentage of these people did not want to mention their age, there is a degree of non-accurate data (Table 2).
In regards to the nationality and ethnic origin, the vast majority of 74% comes from European countries, primarily Greece and with lower percentages from other Balkan countries like Romania, Serbia, Albania etc. Following, on much lower levels are Asian countries and Africa (Table 3).
The municipality with the highest frequency of coming across such socially vulnerable groups, as expected, is Athens with 69% (129 people), located in main areas of the center, such as Omonia, Thisseio, Pedio tou Areos, Varvakeios and Kypseli. On lower concentration ratios follow the municipality of Daphne, where our headquarters are located and the municipalities of Piraeus and Paleo Faliro, where the port area and the beach offer shelter for many homeless people (Table 4).
Going over cases that we have come across it is evident that 39% of the homeless is the highest, followed by illegal substances users at 19% and with percentages lower than 10% are beggars, unaccompanied-working children and refugees. It should be noted that many of these people fall into 2 or 3 categories simultaneously, for example some homeless are also users, or beggars (Table 5).
The same applies in the individual requests that we receive and the type of intervention, which we are led to, i.e. a person, may have more than one request at the same time and receive more than one type of intervention respectively. According to Table 6, many of the people we met had no specific requests, mainly due to their reluctance to responding to a young group of social scientists for the first time; however, most of them had the desire to talk and share with us their thoughts and issues they are facing in the streets they live in. As also shown in Table 6, the main requests were: new clothing, some personal items (e.g. sleeping bags, toiletries, etc.), food and accommodation in a guesthouse.￼
In relation to the requests we received and our personal assessment for cases that did not express specific needs, but still had the need for some kind of help, we have proceeded with the following types of intervention (Table 7).
Finally, examining our statistical data, we observe that repeated contact with a particular person, i.e. whether we meet this person more than once, is fairly difficult as 62% of these people are impossible to trace again; however, we are able to build a more consistent contact with a notable percentage of 38% of people we see regularly; in such cases, we are able to cater for their new requests and to provide psychological support (Table 8).￼