Homelessness links: third and private sector

In Finland there is a wide variety of third and the private sector actors which are offering housing and implementing support services and complementing the State and the municipal level homelessness policies.



Housing.fi (Asuminen.fi) is a theme portal under Suomi.fi with an English language version including the topics: A Home in Finland, Alternative Housing Types, Everyday Life and Housing, Construction and Renovation, Legislation and Citizenship and Living in Finland. http://www.asuminen.fi/?action=info


The Helsinki Deaconess Institute offers accommodation services for people of all ages in various life situations in the metropolitan area. Accommodation services are offered by the Units of supported accommodation Villa Nova and the Women’s accommodation unit as well as the Service-accommodation units Alppitupa, Lehmustupa, Malmi home, Osma home and Sanerva home. http://www.hdl.fi/en


Finland’s Slot Machine Association (RAY) raises funds through gaming operations to promote Finnish health and welfare. https://www.ray.fi/en/ray


The Finnish Blue Ribbon is an umbrella organization for 87 different Christian organizations whose core functions are walk-in support centers, residential treatment facilities and rehabilitation services. Three out of four of our member organizations provide one or more of these sorts of services, with the rest operating substance abuse prevention programs. http://www.sininauhaliitto.fi/sininauhaliitto/sininauhakonserni/in_english/?session=38811723


No Fixed Abode (VVA) NGO is enhancing conditions of those living in shelters and creating social impact to ensure the opportunity to independent housing for each and every homeless person. http://www.vvary.fi/english.html


The Probation Foundation Finland (Krits) is a nationwide aftercare organisation, which has its headquartes in Helsinki. The purpose of Krits is to improve the deprived status and living conditions of released prisoners and clients of community sanctions and their families in the society. KRITS in english

The Salvation Army in Finland today operates at approximately 35 places in Finland doing spiritual work as well as offering social help. There are about 1000 soldiers and 34 corps and 32 social institutions in different parts of the country. http://www.pelastusarmeija.fi/index.php?id=14&L=2


The Y-Foundation buys individual apartments in privately owned blocks and builds homes for rental purposes all around Finland. In order to avoid geographical concentration, the properties are dispersed over large areas. The foundation also lets property to local authorities, congregations and other communities. Individual needs are best understood at the local level. Y-Foundation



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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