All from Finland

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 […]

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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 […]

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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). (https://www.ara.fi/en-US/About_ARA/ARA_implements_Finlands_housing_policy(843)) 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. https://www.homeless.org.uk/Churchill_Fellowship_findings_webinar

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Housing First Quality Recommendations – Finland

These quality recommendations were constructed by the Networking for Development Project in Finland. The aim is to highlight proven and successful ways of working in accordance with the Housing First principle, to complement and concretize legislation.

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The Action Plan for Preventing Homelessness in Finland 2016-2019: The Culmination of an Integrated Strategy to End Homelessness?

The 2016-2019 Action Plan for Preventing Homelessness in Finland is the third stage of the implementation of an integrated homelessness strategy, which began in 2008. This review by Nicholas Pleace provides a critical assessment of the Finnish preventative strategy and  considers some of the potential lessons for other European countries. http://www.feantsa.org/download/strategy-review-15955901466425352997.pdf

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The Finnish Homelessness Strategy – An International Review

This international review covers the whole of the Finnish programme to reduce long-term homelessness implemented during 2008–2011 and 2012–2015, Paavo I and Paavo II. The review looks into the programme as a whole as well as its different aspects from the point of view of implementing the Housing First model in Finnish society. It also describes […]

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Book on Finnish Housing First

"A Home of Your Own" is a new book on Finnish Housing First principle

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Finland shows example in the fight against homelessness

“Social housing is as much about ‘social’ as it is about housing and real estates”, says Juha Kaakinen, the CEO of the Y-Foundation.

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Mortality and causes of death among homeless in Finland: a 10-year follow-up study

This paper presents the results of a research examining the overall and cause-specific mortality among homeless men in Helsinki and the associations of social background and health service use with mortality.

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Ted Talk – Juha Kaakinen – Housing First in Finland

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Juha Kaakinen describes the main features of the Housing First concept. He also tries to challenge the prevailing prejudices about homeless people.

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Y-Foundation

Y-Foundation is a social housing provider and the fourth largest landlord in Finland. Its mission is to enhance social justice so that everyone can have a home. It was founded in 1985 as a response to a serious housing shortage in Finland. The organisation offers rental homes for people experiencing homelessness and those who are […]

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Want to end homelessness? How about converting every emergency hostel in Ireland into a home

Description of Finnish approach to homelessness and how this could be applied to Ireland

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How Finland fixed homelessness

Report on Finnish homelessness policy and Housing First

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Lessons from Finland: helping homeless people starts with giving them homes

Juha Kaakinen, the chief executive of the Y-Foundation, wrote an article on The Guardian. Read it here

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The Governance of Inclusive Growth – An Overview of Country Initiatives

Achieving inclusive growth relates closely to how governments work and how policies are designed, implemented, delivered and evaluated. This publication presents an overview of country initiatives concerning inclusive growth in 39 OECD member and partner countries. It was prepared in the context of the OECD Public Governance Ministerial Meetings held in Helsinki, Finland, on 28 […]

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