Y-Säätio involved in the program to end long-term homelessness 22.12.2023News The Ministry of Environment has set a three-year programme to end long-term homelessness by 2027. Teija Ojankoski, CEO of Y-Säätiö, is part of the programme’s steering group, which is responsible for managing the programme, monitoring the practical measures and supporting the development work. In 2022, there will be 1,100 long-term homeless people in Finland. Over the next three years, the programme aims to develop cooperation, especially between cities, welfare regions and the state. Although the number of long-term homeless people is relatively low, achieving this target will require significant success. People who have experienced long-term homelessness often need strong support and successful housing may require special housing solutions, such as supported housing units. The programme aims to target affordable housing and small supported housing units to the long-term homeless and to ensure that supported housing services meet the needs of residents. Joint plans will be drawn up for cities and welfare areas to tackle long-term homelessness, and extensive cooperation networks will be set up in the areas, involving organisations and service providers. The programme will establish a common, ongoing approach to long-term homelessness between cities, welfare regions and the state to ensure that long-term homelessness does not increase beyond the programme period. Y-Säätiö thanks you for your appointment to the Steering Group. Y-Säätiö is an organisation established in 1985 to end homelessness. The Foundation’s strategy aims to eradicate homelessness in Finland by 2027. Y-Säätiö’s CEO Teija Ojankoski is deputised by Kimmo Karvonen, CEO of the Sininauha Foundation. More information on the programme to end long-term homelessness can be found on the website of the Ministry of the Environment.