Social Housing and Housing First as a solution to street homelessness

Wednesday June 15
At 15:00–18:00
Seminar, Workshop, Networking
People first: quality of housing as quality of living, The right to housing: getting rid of the excuses not to guarantee it
World Habitat & Housing First Europe Hub
Event square, Helsinki City Hall

Registration required

Target group:
This event will appeal to everyone attending the ISHF - housing practitioners, tenants, landlords, NGOs - who are determined to see an end to homelessness; wants to know more about different housing solutions and challenges from all corners of Europe.
This includes those with an interest in social housing, Housing First, locally developed approaches, and utilising partnerships with municipalities to develop solutions to homelessness.

Event description:
World Habitat, working in partnership with Housing First Europe and the Y-Foundation, brings together organisations delivering social housing and Housing First programmes from across European cities. During this seminar, we will hear from those that have made outstanding progress towards ending homelessness, and also those providing innovative housing solutions in the most challenging housing and political contexts.

In 2014, Y-Foundation was awarded a World Habitat Gold Award for its transformational work in significantly reducing homelessness in Finland. Following this award, World Habitat set up the European End Street Homelessness Campaign – sharing the learning from Finland to a network of NGOs across Europe. Eight years later, World Habitat returns to Helsinki, sharing expertise from Finland, Hungary, France, Portugal and Scotland.

We will be delivering this this event in partnership with Y-Foundation and Housing First Europe Hub, a network of partners working to end and prevent homelessness by supporting systemic change and scaled up approaches to Housing First.

This seminar will be followed by a networking event – in which we welcome all ISHF participants to network over a drink, exchange experiences and build connections with the global housing community.


15:00–16:00 HOUSING FIRST EUROPE HUB (Information Session):

Samara Jones, Coordinator, Housing First Europe Hub
Saija Turunen - Research Network Lead - Housing First Europe Hub & Y-Foundation
Juha Kahila, Head Of International Affairs, Y-Foundation and Coordinator of Housing First Europe Hub


Louise Winterburn, Deputy CEO, World Habitat, UK (CHAIR)
Juha Kaakinen, former CEO, Y-Foundation, Finland
Vera Kovács, CEO, Utcáról Lakásba Egyesület (From Streets to Homes Association), Hungary
Américo Nave, Director, CRESCER, Portugal
Etienne Fabris - Est Métropole Habitat - Lyon, France

17:30–18:00 Networking - Drinks and refreshments provided.

Register for this event with the festival registration form.

Organizer's contact details:
World Habitat
Patrick Duce