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Prevention of homelessness

The aim of the project is to build preventive homelessness strategies in the project cities. The project creates and enhances the experience experts’ and client participation structures, and pilots new operating methods in homelessness work. The primary working focus of the project is to develop the cities’ service structures and take advantage of the expertise of multi-actor networks. The aim is to shift the focus of the work from remediation work to the prevention of homelessness.
Finland is the only country in the EU where the number of homeless people has declined in recent years. This is mainly thanks to a carefully planned, comprehensive cooperation strategy we call "Housing First", a model bringing together homelessness NGOs, Y-Foundation, cities and the central government. Traditionally, housing has been seen as the final goal of a social recovery process. Housing First shifts the paradigm and puts housing at the top of the list, as the first step in helping homeless people to get back on their feet.
The implementing organisation of this particular project, the Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA), belongs to the administrative branch of the Ministry of the Environment and has major responsibility for the implementation of Finnish housing policy. ARA grants subsidies, grants and guarantees for housing and construction and controls and supervises the use of the ARA housing stock. In addition, ARA participates in projects related to the development of housing and expertise in the housing market, and produces information services for the industry.

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Category 3 - Combatting inequalities and poverty

region(s): National
Country(ies): Finland
Fund: European Social Fund
EU Contribution: EUR 1 679 481
Timeframe: 03/2016 - 12/2019
Operational Programme : Sustainable growth and jobs - ERDF/ESF
Managing Authority : Ministry of Employment and the Economy
Organisation: Asumisen rahoitus- ja kehittämiskeskus ARA