Exploring National Plan to Reduce and Prevent Homelessness

Exploring National Plan to Reduce and Prevent Homelessness

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The strategy focused heavily on long-term homelessness, with targets to halve levels by 2011 and to eliminate long-term homelessness by 2015.

Reduce and Prevent Homelessness, 2023
Reduce and Prevent Homelessness, 2023 | © Kiri Vadivelu

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Since first identifying homelessness as a social problem in the 1980s, Finland had already succeeded in reducing total homelessness to very low levels by 2008; however, long-term homelessness, often experienced by people with high rates of severe mental illness, comorbidity of drug and alcohol use and poor physical health, formed a high proportion of the residual homeless population.

Paavo I and Paavo II were therefore specifically targeted at long-term homelessness and included a sometimes controversial use of the Housing First approach. Alongside the focus on bringing down long-term homelessness, the Paavo II program accelerated the national movement towards an integrated homelessness strategy, including increased preventative services and a greater emphasis on tackling concealed homelessness.

The chapter describes the strategy, the context in which it arose, the successes that have been achieved and the challenges that still face Finland.

Retrieved from Homeless Hub

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