From compulsory subtenants to suburban regeneration

– a new book available on the history of Helsinki’s housing policy In the 1940s, Helsinki tackled the housing crisis following the Second World War by means such as placing compulsory subtenants in apartments that were considered spacious. The principle of mixing different housing tenures, on the other hand, is rooted in the youth riots […]

By taking care of its building stock, Heka takes care of its tenants

Helsingin kaupungin asunnot Oy, or Heka, is the largest lessor in Finland. We have over 51,000 apartments and over 93,000 tenants in Helsinki, which means that approximately 14% of the residents of Helsinki live in Heka apartments. Our apartments are of high quality, affordable and located in every part of Helsinki. Our building stock is […]

The festival registration is open!

We are less than three months away from the festival, and one of the biggest milestones in the planning and organization of the festival has now been achieved: We are happy to announce that registration for the festival is now open! The festival program is full of interesting events, as almost 80 Finnish and international […]

Announcing Minister Sarkkinen as a speaker

We are thrilled to announce Hanna Sarkkinen, Finland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Health, as one of the speakers for the Closing Ceremony. Minister Sarkkinen is a second-term Member of Parliament from Oulu who was elected to Parliament in 2015. Hanna Sarkkinen’s political thinking is guided by social and economic justice, equality between people and […]

Danny Dorling joins the festival’s keynote speakers!

We are proud to announce our second keynote speaker, Mr Danny Dorling, who will speak at the closing ceremony. Danny Dorling works at the University of Oxford as a professor in the School of Geography and the Environment. He was previously a professor for a decade at the University of Sheffield, and before then a professor […]

The festival program is here!

The festival program is finally here! We will have four festival days full of exciting events with interesting partners, topics, speakers, workshops, and site visits. We are over the moon! Some events may still merge together, and therefore we are not opening the registration for participants just yet. We would like to thank our partners, […]

Introducing Kath Scanlon

We are proud to announce the first main speaker of the festival! We are honored to have Ms. Kathleen Scanlon as the keynote speaker at the Opening Ceremony of the festival taking place on 14 June. Kath Scanlon is Distinguished Policy Fellow at the London School of Economics. An economist and planner, she focuses on understanding the […]

ISHF 2022 – a festival full of exciting events

The 3rd International Social Housing Festival is just six months away, and the festival program is being finalized as we speak. The call for partners ended before Christmas, and we were pleasantly surprised by the number of applications we received. We are expecting to have almost 80 partner events during the festival! We are surely […]

European Responsible Housing Awards ceremony taking place at ISHF

The celebration of the long tradition of decent, affordable housing that provides opportunities during the 3rd International Social Housing Festival in Helsinki will reach another level with the European Responsible Housing Awards. For the 4th time, social and affordable housing providers in Europe have the chance to showcase outstanding examples and share how do they improve […]

Season’s Greetings

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year filled with memorable moments and success. Need a tip for your New Year’s resolution? Come to Helsinki in June 2022, and we will meet you there! – ISHF 2022 Team – PS. Fun Fact on Finland: Did you know, that Santa Claus lives in […]