The festival would neither happen nor have content without the input of our brilliant partners. We give a big thank you for your co-operation in putting together ISHF 2022, the 3rd International Social Housing Festival!

Please note, that the list of partners will be updated along the way.

The City of Helsinki

The City of Helsinki is the seaside capital of Finland, the happiest country in the world, with a population of 650,000. Helsinki is a city of equality, well-being and participation and we want Helsinki to be the best functioning city in the world. 

The City of Helsinki is Finland’s biggest landlord with 63,000 housing units. City-owned rental housing is highly sought after, as the homes are of high quality but reasonably priced. 

City-owned housing companies are Helsingin kaupungin asunnot Oy (Heka), Helsingin Asumisoikeus Oy (HASO), Kiinteistö Oy Auroranlinna and Oy Helsingin asuntohankinta Ab.

Housing Europe

Housing Europe is the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing

Established in 1988, it is a network of 45 national and regional federations which together gather about 43,000 public, social and cooperative housing providers in 24 countries. Altogether they manage around 25 million homes.

Social, public and co-operative housing providers have a vision of a Europe which provides access to decent and affordable housing for all in communities which are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable and where everyone is enabled to reach their full potential.

Association for Advocating Affordable Rental Housing – KOVA

KOVA is a national umbrella association for non-profit rental housing companies and foundations in Finland.

MAL Verkosto – LHT Network

Finnish national Land use, Housing and Sustainable Transportation Network (LHT) develops regional planning on land use, housing and transportation.

Finnish Youth Housing Association NAL

The Finnish Youth Housing Association (NAL in short of Nuorisoasuntoliitto) is a national umbrella for 24 local associations and 7 national member 

VAV Group

VAV is a company wholly owned by the City of Vantaa which builds and owns rental apartments in Vantaa. VAV has more than 11,000 rental apartments and has over 20,000 tenants.

TA Companies

TA offer rental, right-of-occupancy and owner-occupied apartments and plenty of options in terms of location. TA has several decades of experience in building quality apartments and Finnish housing.


Municipality Finance Plc, or MuniFin, is one of Finland’s largest credit institutions and the only one specialised in the financing and financial risk management of the Finnish public sector.

Setlementtiasunnot Oy

Established in 2000, Setlementtiasunnot Oy is a builder of communities, provider of housing services and producer of socially sustainable housing. Currently providing 1600 homes for 2000 people in 17 buildings and 7 cities. 


Homes for the homeless. Guidance and support for residing and living. Strengthening the rights and human dignity of the alienated

Tampere University

At Tampere University technology and social sciences come together in a unique way. ASUTUT, the Sustainable Housing Design research group conducts research that responds to and pre-empts societal challenges in contemporary housing design in a rapidly changing world.


The Y-Foundation is one of the key national developers of the Housing First principle in Finland. The Y-Foundation offers affordable rental housing. We are the fourth largest landlord in Finland.

Espoon Asunnot

Espoon Asunnot has over 15,000 homes across Espoo. Some 300 new homes are constructed each year. 

University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki is Finland’s largest and oldest academic institution. Since 1640, it has contributed to the establishment of a fair and equal society that is considered the best in the world according to a number of indicators.

Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies

Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Urbaria) is the first academic multi-disciplinary urban research unit in Finland. As a majority of the world’s population lives in cities, a major part of all social phenomena, problems and amenities will take on an urban form and challenge the existing regional structures.

NAL Asunnot

NAL Asunnot is a non-profit company that builds and rents affordable housing for young people.


Helsingin kaupungin asunnot – Helsinki City Housing Company (Heka), owns nearly 50.000 rental apartments which are a home for over 92.000 residents. This means that one in every seven Helsinki resident lives in a Heka apartment. More than 1000 new homes are built or renovated each year by Heka.


ASTA consists of 24 projects, all of which aim towards preventing financial problems of tenants. New approaches, models and tools are developed by non-profit rental housing companies, municipalities and NGOs. The ultimate goal is to reduce evictions caused by rental debt, thus preventing homelessness. All projects receive funding from ARA.”


Asumisneuvonta is the City of Helsinki’s Housing Consultation service. Asumisneuvonta offers help and advice in various housing-related problems. Various life difficulties can be the reason for housing problems. There are different channels and service systems that offer help for these kind of difficulties, and the housing consultants may steer the customer towards these services, when necessary. 

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European Federation for Living

The European Federation for Living (EFL) is a European network of housing associations, companies and experts from the academic, public and private sectors working to create more affordable, sustainable housing. It has over 70 members and associates from 19 European countries, with a joint portfolio of more than 1.300,000 dwellings and business units across Europe.

Avain Asumisoikeus Oy

Avain Asumisoikeus Oy is the third largest owner of right-of-occupancy apartments in Finland and a nationally notable non-profit company. Avain Asumisoikeus Oy is a part of Avain Yhtiöt, which is a Finnish group specializing in housing business covering construction, owning and renting as well as renovations and services relating to housing.


Asuntosäätiö (‘housing foundation’) is a non-profit foundation established in 1951. Our purpose is to work to combat the housing shortage and enhance the general level of housing. Asuntosäätiö is the fourth largest owner of residential real estate in Finland. We have over 17,000 right-of-occupancy and rental homes across Finland.

Toivo Group Oyj

Toivo Group Oyj is a Finnish company founded in 2015, specializing in real estate development and ownership, whose mission is to change real estate value chains, forming a distinctive operating model in the field. Everything in Toivo starts with people and the environment. Toivo’s goal is to produce the best resident experiences by offering the most magnificent rental homes in Finland. For our part, we want to prevent exclusion and inequality with sustainable development in mind. Toivo aims to meet the growing demand for housing in metropolitan areas.

In addition to market-based housing, Toivo specializes in the construction and management of regulated housing production.