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FINLEAND - ONLY EU COUNTRY TO REDUCE HOMELESSNESS

FINLEAND - ONLY EU COUNTRY TO REDUCE HOMELESSNESS
FINLEAND - ONLY EU COUNTRY TO REDUCE HOMELESSNESS
Between 2009-2016 Finland saw its homeless population drop by some 18 percent, according to the European homeless network Feantsa's report on homelessness.
During the same period, most EU countries have seen homelessness increase, often exponentially.

The idea was simple. To solve homelessness you start by giving someone a home, a permanent one with no strings attached. If they want to drink, they can; if they want to take drugs, that’s fine too. Support services are made available to treat addiction, mental health and other problems, and to help people get back on their feet, from assisting with welfare paperwork to securing a job.

Finland’s approach ultimately comes down to values, said Juha Kaakinen, an architect of the housing first approach and CEO of the nonprofit Y-Foundation. “The Finnish attitude is that we have to help people who are in the most difficult position, whatever the reason they have become homeless,” he said. “We understand very well that the main reasons behind homelessness are structural reasons.” “What the Finns did was they invested in prevention,” Tsemberis said. “They started to subsidize rents before people lost their housing.”

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