Information about site is a webpage which serves as a tool for the development process in the Name on the door project (finished) during the years 2010-2012. Outputs of the project and materials related to the housing first principle are gathered to the website which will eventually work as a free online database for everyone interested in and working with the housing first principle. The site is divided into two main categories which are on the navigation bar: Homelessness in Finland and Housing first in Finland. As seen on the Graph 1. these represent the two key elements of the Name on the door project. Towards home (in Finnish kohti kotia) is a process consisting of 48 network meetings and of a continuous writing process between the cooperating partners of the Name on the door research project during the years 2010-2012. Key elements of the project are pictured below.

Key Elements

Homelessness in Finland

Find out what homelessness in Finland is and who the homeless people are. On this page some characteristics and definitions of homelessness and statistics indicating the phenomenon in the Finnish context are presented. Read also about the Finnish National Programmes to Reduce Long-Term Homelessness and find information about actors working with questions of homelessness and long-term homelessness in Finland. This page has a Reading room which is a database of the housing first related publications in the Finnish context.


Housing first in Finland

The housing first principle, originating from the U.S., works as a theoretical framework for the development and research done in the Name on the door project (finished). The aim is to, until the end of the project, outline whether there is a specific Finnish housing first model and what does it encompass. The question "How will this model be applied in the Finnish homeless services" is sought to be answered through separate development projects and Name on the door project's different development themes. In this section you can become acquainted with the housing first principle and the Name on the door development project, its backround and its participating actors and the housing first news from the Finnish perspective. 


Reading room

Articles and reviews produced about the housing first principle in the Finnish context are still few as the principle is new in Finland and as the traditional housing service models still mainly prevail. has a Reading room for these both Finnish and international publications.



Get acquainted with different Finnish actors and organizations that are taking part in fighting the problem of homelessness. Access the State authorities', the third and the private sector and the research actors' web pages and see how they act within the frame of implementation of Finnish housing and homelessness politics.


Site news

Get acquainted with the latest updates related to the housing first principle in Finland on the site.


Contact information

The site is maintained by Name on the door project's Socca based coordination team whose contact information can be found here.



24.04.2015 The Own Keys Project by the Finnish NGO Vailla vakinaista asuntoa (NO Fixed Abode NGO) in the FEANTSA Homeless in Europe Magazine spring issue

The FEANTSA Homeless in Europe Magazine discusses Participation: Inclusion, Empowerment and Routes Out of Homelessness. In "Nothing About Us Without Us! The Own Keys Project – People Who Have Experienced Homelessness Develop Services" by Carole Brady, Raija Maunula and Vlada Petrovskaja describe the main themes found out in their project: the importance of trust in cooperation as well as successes and challenges in the work.

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11.02.2015 FACTS, FINDINGS AND THE FUTURE - Seminar on the international review of the Finnish National Program to Reduce Long-term Homelessness

Results from the international research evaluation on the Program to Reduce Long-term Homelessness (2008 -2015), pathways to homelessness in Helsinki and future homeless policies were discussed in a seminar on February 10th, 2015. The seminar was be conducted in English.

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30.09.2014 The evaluation on the Finnish HF Program in 2014

Evaluation on the whole PAAVO program (2008-2015) will be carried out in 2014 as an international research review. The evaluation team consists of distinguished researchers on homelessness issues. The target of the process is to provide information and outlooks on measures in tackling homelessness after the present program period.

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13.08.2014 Seminar 17.9.2014: Perspectives on Housing First in Finland

Preliminary results of the international research evaluation on The Finnish Programme to Reduce Long-term Homelessness

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23.09.2013 Programme to eliminate long-term homelessness in Finland during the period 2012–2015

Information and the ARA´s report "Homelessness in Finland 2014"

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