Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Greece - Benefits due to minimum resources

In what situation can I claim?

  • Social solidarity income (SSI) (Κοινωνικό Εισόδημα Αλληλεγγύης) is a welfare programme that is addressed to households living in extreme poverty and complements the policies to tackle poverty and social exclusion. The programme combines income support (cash benefit) and ccomplementary social services, benefits and goods for the members of the household, if they meet certain criteria.
  • Housing allowance (Στεγαστική Συνδρομή): this is a rent benefit paid to uninsured and financially weak elderly people over 65 years of age, who live alone or with their spouses and who:
    • do not own a house and live in a rented house;
    • do not have any source of income from Greece or abroad, or any immovable property that can assist them in covering housing expenses;
    • are financially weak.

With regard to uninsured couples, both spouses must be uninsured and one of them at least must be 65 years of age or older.

  • Free access of uninsured to the Public Health System: to uninsured persons, persons legally residing in Greece, persons non legally residing in Greece but need hospital and medical care because they belong to socially vulnerable groups (such as minors, pregnant women, invalid, etc.).
  • Social solidarity allowance for uninsured elders (ΕΠΙΔΟΜΑ ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΚΗΣ ΑΛΛΗΛΕΓΓΥΗΣ ΑΝΑΣΦΑΛΙΣΤΩΝ ΥΠΕΡΗΛΙΚΩΝ) is an allowance granted to persons aged 67 and over with low income who reside in Greece and do not receive or are not qualify to receive any pension from abroad or any social security or welfare benefit from Greece.

What conditions do I need to meet?

  • Social solidarity income (SSI): granted to households who simultaneously meet all of the income, assets and residency conditions laid down by the law.
  • Housing allowance: this is a non-contributory benefit granted following an assessment of assets and income sources of persons who are in a state of financial weakness and have no income or immovable property that can cover their housing needs.
  • Free access of uninsured to the Public Health System: possession of Social Security Number (Αριθμός Μητρώου Κοινωνικής Ασφάλισης- AMKA) or a Health Care Card for Foreigners (Κάρτα Υγειονομικής Περίθαλψης Αλλοδαπού – ΚΥΠΑ).
  • Social solidarity allowance for uninsured elders: a non-contributory benefit to persons 67 years of age and over, who reside permanently and legally in Greece for 15 continuous years and who meet certain income and property criteria.

What am I entitled to and how can I claim?

  • Social solidarity income (SSI): for single-person households: €200 per month. For each additional adult of the household: an increase of the guaranteed amount by €100 per month. For each additional minor of the household: an increase of the guaranteed amount by €50 per month. The ceiling of the monthly guaranteed amount is €900, regardless of the composition of the household. The programme is implemented by the municipalities.
  • Housing allowance: the benefit can be up to EUR 362 per month. The programme is implemented by the municipalities. In order to apply for the benefit, you must visit the competent welfare service in your municipality and submit the necessary supporting documents.
  • Free access of uninsured to the Public Health System: beneficiaries are entitled to hospitalization, medical care, access to pharmaceutical products. They can claim to public hospitals.
  • Social solidarity allowance for uninsured elders: it amounts to €360 granted monthly by the former OGA.

Know your rights

The links below provide a legal definition of your rights. They are not European Commission websites, nor do they represent the views of the Commission:

Who do you need to contact?

Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity
Directorate of Specialised Matters on Social Security and Provisions
Σταδίου 29/29 Stadiou street
101 10 Αθήνα/Athens
ΕΛΛΑΔΑ/GREECE
Tel.: 2131516842, 1516752
Website: www.ypakp.gr

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