Eirini Vourloumis

Greece: Rise of Homelessness-ongoing

These images were taken in homeless shelters and soup kitchens in Athens during the Spring of 2011 for the New York Times Business Section. I am continuing this project to further document the rise and socioeconomic extent of homelessness in Athens, Greece.

The economic cirisis in Greece has resulted in 25 percent increase in homelessness. At the main food kitchen in Athens, 3,500 people a day come seeking food and clothing, up from about 100 people a day when it first opened 10 years ago.The unemployment rate for men 30 to 60 years old has spiked to 10 percent from 4 percent since the crisis began in 2008. Greeks from white collar backgrounds are now finding themselves unable to support their families and many are foced into homelessness.