Where homelessness is all but Finnish-ed
Policymakers look to learn from the Nordic nation’s affordable housing strategy
Planning policy in major urban centres in Finland stipulates at least 20 per cent of new developments must be affordable. find a person huddling under a piece of cardboard in Helsinki.
Take it from the CEO of Finland’s largest non-governmental affordable-housing provider.
“You don’t see people sleeping on the streets,” Juha Kaakinen said after a presentation at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Hamilton on Monday.
Finland started to tackle homelessness in earnest during the 2008 recession.
“In spite of that, we could finance the program and get Finland has “almost eradicated homelessness,” Juha Kaakinen says.
homelessness decreasing,” Kaakinen said. “So I think that it only shows that it’s not a money issue.”
Finland’s strategy involved the conversion of emergency shelters and hostels to a variety of social- and assisted-living flats through strong government incentives, Kaakinen noted.