In Finland, Housing Guarantee has Decreased Homelessness by More Than One-Third

By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | June 7, 2019
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In 2008, Finland radically changed its approach to homelessness by adopting a “Housing First” principle. The concept created homes and guaranteed homeless people a home, regardless of their circumstances.
Instead of a system that included night shelters and short-term hostels, those in need get a permanent address. The policy has reduced the number of long-term homeless people by more than 35%.
State, municipal, and NGO funds paid for the purchase of flats, construction of new multifamily buildings, and conversion of old shelters into permanent, comfortable homes.

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