Athens Housing Collective is a partnership between Joseph Baruku, an LGBT activist and refugee from Uganda, Greek activists, and American volunteers providing housing for 30 LGBT refugees in Athens, Greece. The project has 9 apartments and facilitates connections with other organizations and resources in Athens to help its beneficiaries access food, healthcare, psychosocial support, job training, language training and employment.
LGBT+ refugees in Greece face a double challenge. Though they may have escaped war or persecution in their home country, they often end up in refugee camps where they face homophobia from their fellow refugees. Many live in fear of coming out, for fear of violence or discrimination from those around them.
Athens Housing Collective helps LGBT+ refugees in Greece leave the camps, housing them alongside others from their community and providing support, resources, and job training for up to three months.
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