Finland’s Way Of Fighting Homelessness (Their Rate Is Now At 0.08%) (17 PICS)

Posted in INTERESTING       3 May 2021       3643       14 GALLERY VIEW

Finland is the only country in the EU where homelessness is decreasing

Before 2008, the Finnish government tried to tackle the homelessness problem, but it wasn’t working that well. Short-term shelters were built, but that didn’t help with long-term homelessness. There were still about 8,000 homeless people. They couldn’t find jobs because they needed a permanent residence, but they couldn’t afford to pay for rent because they didn’t have jobs and weren’t earning money, so it was really a vicious circle.

The situation was so bad that there were tent villages in the middle of the capital city. When data on homelessness was first collected in 1987, there were nearly 18,000 people without homes. The current Government has committed to halving homelessness by 2023 and ending it entirely by 2027.


The percentage of homeless people is so low that some people go as far as to say that the country ended it

What is the secret, you may ask? Well, in 2008, the Finnish government decided that they have to take a different approach and simply just give people a place to live. No matter how a person became homeless, they are given a home and support so they would be able to stay there.

There are no requirements or goals a person has to meet to stay there. They don’t have to get sober or get a job to get accommodation. The idea behind Housing First is that to tackle the issues a person may have that put them at risk of homelessness, they need stable housing. For example, they can’t conquer their addictions if they’re kicked out from a shelter in the morning.


The number of homeless people went from 19,000 in 1987 to 4341 in 2020 in Finland

The problem is being solved by giving homeless people a home and providing them with a support system to help them get back on their feet

But those people are not left alone either: they are supported in rebuilding their relationships with friends and families, and establishing new ones. Many of them have mental and medical conditions that need care, and some of them may not have education or skills that would be useful for jobs or just everyday—the Housing First program includes support in all of that. Because of this support system, 4 out of 5 people affected make their way back into a stable life.


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4 out of 5 people get back to living a normal life

To make all this happen, Finland had to invest a lot of money, because obviously, they needed houses in which to place the homeless people. So flats were bought from the private market, new buildings were built, and old buildings were repurposed and renewed. Evidence shows that these investments pay off and it’s cheaper to not have homeless people by giving them somewhere to live, not to mention that it’s the right thing to do.

But Housing First has to be nationwide to work, not just individual projects. Also, they have to be affordable, and staff to help those people who have been living a different lifestyle should be hired and trained.


People on Twitter were praising Finland for such an achievement, but there were a lot of opinions that it wouldn’t be possible in other countries



Jackie 1 year ago
Okay, take any one of these little SJW's and put to them to the test by saying what they have to pay in federal taxes to fund such homeless programs and housing like is to be had in Finland, and THEN you'll see the what side of the line they fall on. "Ooooh, no! Not me! I wanna buy the new Iphone this year! And I need another PS 5 controller!" Point is, it's way easier to tweet virtue than it is to back it up, you self righteous pukes. You're all for change, as long as someone else pays for it, right? Put up or shut up...or would you rather just keep recording yourselves giving homeless people McDonalds take out and then posting it on your social media portfolio?
Back 1 year ago
Jackie, Finland did this repurposing the money they already had. Same taxes. It wasn't an added tax.
Where do your tax money go?
Flossy 1 year ago
Onnie 1 year ago
Lucas 1 year ago
Vincenzo 1 year ago

...newsflash - cut military budget.
Tony 1 year ago
In France the homeless is an enemy ! Some help, but not enough !

Bravo to that country ! heart heart heart
Complete 1 year ago
4 out of 5 getting back to living a normal life. That sentence is a bomb.
Slovakia gave the Roma people apartments, but social services where not providing additional support for mental conditions. There was not program from state to destigmatize the Roma people. So only a very small percentage where able to join normal life.
The current way is to force children to go to school, but in most cases the schools are Roma only, because people dont want their child to be in class with a Roma.
Yes there are exceptions, every school has few Roma children from Parents that are already in normal life.

So once again i tip my hat to you Finland! Awesome wholesome job!
Hal 1 year ago
Finland is so small that the country doesn't exist and the math proves it. sure it might work if you chnage the definition of 'homeless" and it's definitely not scalable
Rusty 1 year ago
#12 no. shelter, food, lean water, and even medical care is NOT a human right. you obviously do not understand what is a human right. try Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. and with a population of 5M people, really, how hard could it be.
Josetta 1 year ago
Rusty, The Finns have long been considered to lead one of the happiest lifestyles, resulting in Finland having been named the happiest country in the world by the United Nations World Happiness Report in 2018, 2019, 2020 – and 2021
Tommy 1 year ago
Nearly ended in the UK during the panademic too. As we come out on the other side there will be a reversion to the previous position, simply because there is no will to help people after creating a housing hell under [email protected]#king Thatcher.
Hepsibah 1 year ago
How do we solve the parasitic influencer pandemic?
Elisha 1 year ago
Hello. And Bye.




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