Homes for the homeless
The Y-Foundation is one of the key national developers of the Housing First principle in Finland. The Y-Foundation offers affordable rental housing and encourages public discussion on themes related to homelessness.
We have over 16 000 apartments and operate in over 50 cities and municipalities in Finland. We are the fourth largest landlord in Finland.
Our mission is to enhance social justice. We do this by developing social housing to the largest Finnish cities lacking affordable housing. The Y-Foundation also acquires rental dwellings by purchasing individual apartments from housing companies on the free market.
These means are our ways of reducing homelessness.
Home for all
Homelessness or its threat can face anyone. New city, unemployment, substance abuse, lost credit rating or a change in the family situation can affect the living situation.
6 700 single homeless people are living in Finland currently (ARA 2016). The number of homeless families is 325. In the European scale homelessness is not a major is issue in Finland, but this face does not reduce the seriousness of the situation. Homelessness numbers go up everytime a social or financial crisis occurs.
A home for all is the basis of our work. We are actively involved as a national developer of the Housing First principle, which is gaining ground all over the world.
In our work we try to support our residents social and financial well-being. We also provide new solutions and knowledge on housing.
We are one of the coordinators of the European FEANTSA Federation (The European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless).
We are also the establisher of The Housing First Europe HUB together with FEANTSA. The HUB’s activities focus on training, research and practice.
Our residents are happy with the peaceful surroundings an own home provides them.Read more
Housing First in Finland
Finland is the only country in Europe where the number of homeless people is on the decline.Read more
A handbook answers the questions we have received from professionals and policy-makers.Read more