Homelessness links: state authorities
Here you can access the web pages of the Finnish State level authorities which act as supervising bodies of the Finnish housing and homelessness politics, while the municipalities are implementing these policies on local levels and the third and the private sectors offer housing and implement support services.
Ministry of the Environment is responsible for planning and monitoring the work against homelessness/housing exclusion in matters concerning overall housing conditions, strategies, special programs, housing advice and other preventive measures. The Ministry of the Environment
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is responsible for social and health services delivered both to the whole population and to vulnerable groups. This concerns also social and health services related to housing (e.g. home care, subsistence income, housing allowances). http://www.stm.fi/en/welfare/social_protection;jsessionid=c826106185af286388171d301b31
Ministry of Justice (Criminal Sanctions Agency) is responsible for the release plans of prisoners, which also includes organizing accommodation. http://www.rikosseuraamus.fi/16019.htm
The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA) is a governmental agency of the Republic of Finland operating under the supervision of the Ministry of the Environment. ARA is an agency to implement social housing policy. ARA's main task is to finance state-subsidised rental housing production.ARA in english
The Social Insurance Institute of Finland (KELA) operates under the supervision of Parliament. Kela’s mission is to secure the income and promote the health of the entire nation, and to support the capacity of individual citizens to care for themselves. KELA also offers housing benefits. http://www.kela.fi/in/internet/english.nsf/NET/081101150604EH?OpenDocument