The Housing Integration Project (HIP) is a comprehensive initiative designed to facilitate the successful integration of displaced young people into the local society of Greece. The HIP offers stable accommodation for a period of six months, along with a range of support services to empower and assist these individuals during their transition. The project encompasses capacity-building workshops, psychosocial support, livelihoods assistance, and a general familiarisation with Greek culture and context. By participating in the HIP, each young person has the opportunity to identify their priorities, reflect on their future goals, and secure an initial job to accumulate the necessary funds for their onward journey in life.
The project is implemented by the dedicated Βέλος Youth team, in collaboration with social worker/social pedagogue Vasileios Tiliakos, who assumes the role of project coordinator. The HIP is proudly the first project of Adult Social Services in Greece which practically implements the principles of Social Pedagogy into its services. Social Pedagogy is an academic discipline that adopts a holistic approach to supporting individuals’ well-being, learning, and social inclusion through a relationship-centred practice.
The HIP welcomes referrals from various services or organisations operating in Greece, provided the individuals meet the specified criteria requirements through a dedicated referral pathway. Additionally, the project also accepts self-referrals, empowering individuals to take the initiative in seeking support and assistance.