PRESENTATION: Youth Housing & Housing First for Youth in Finland (Tiina Irjala, NAL)

    These slides were used during the Housing First for Youth session of the International Social Housing Festival in Helsinki, June 2022. The presentation is made available with the permission of the author, Tiina Irjala. The content rights remain with the author. Please contact Tiina Irjala ( should you wish to use any element in whole […]

  • Taina Hytönen

    Taina works as the Manager of International Work in Y-Foundation in Finland. After social studies at the University of Helsinki she worked at the city of Helsinki to develop services for people with addictions and mental health problems. Since 1999 she has worked in Y-Foundation. Her first role was to build networks with partner organisations […]

    Juha Kahila

    Juha has been working for 10 years in the field of homelessness. He started as a frontline support worker in 2010 for the Finnish Youth housing association services (NALPA). NALPA offers housing first in scattered housing for young people experiencing homelessness. After 3,5 years Juha became the Service manager and his responsibility was to develop […]

    Pilvi Azeem

    Pilvi’s first experience working with people experiencing homelessness was in Scotland year 2005 where she worked as an assertive outreach worker for over two years, learning first-hand about people experiencing homelessness without Housing First support. After returning to Finland, Pilvi went to work with Helsinki Deaconess Institute in one of their newly opened Housing First […]

    The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA)

    The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA) is a government agency operating under the Ministry of Environment. Our agency was established in 1949 to solve post-war housing shortage in Finland. Since then, we have subsidized over 1 million new homes in Finland (around 1/3 of all housing production). ( Nowadays we are concentrating […]

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    Women and homelessness – Churchill Fellowship findings webinar

    This webinar is a discussion exploring how the approaches and models in Canada, Finland and Sweden in preventing and tackling women’s homelessness.

    Check it out here