It’s Sunday Morning: Thinking about Homelessness

Photo by Gary Knight

This morning I am reading an article entitled “Finland ends homelessness and provides shelter for all in need”.

How did they do this?

According to the article (published scoop.me), Finland reversed the usual approach. Under the usual approach the expectation was to address psychological or drug addiction problems first, get a job, and then find a long-term place to live.

Under the new approach, Homeless people get a flat – without any preconditions. Social workers help them with applications for social benefits and are available for counselling in general. In such a new, secure situation, it is easier for those affected to find a job and take care of their physical and mental health.

The result is impressive: 4 out of 5 homeless people will be able to keep their flat for a long time and lead a more stable life.

An important aspect of Finland’s program is that the “homeless people turn into tenants with a tenancy agreement. They have to pay rent and operating costs. Social workers, who have offices in the residential buildings, help with financial issues such as applications for social benefits.”

The social workers are paid for by the government and are available for counselling in general. “In such a new, secure situation, it is easier for those affected to find a job and take care of their physical and mental health. The result is impressive: 4 out of 5 homeless people will be able to keep their flat for a long time with “Housing First” and lead a more stable life.”

Financially Finland now spends 15,000 euros less per year per homeless person than it did without this approach.

To read the entire article visit this webpage:

https://scoop.me/housing-first-finland-homelessness/

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