Support for housing

Applying for housing

Social Services will not provide housing: you have to independently apply for rented accommodation using different lessors' own application forms.

We have collected an information package to help you apply for housing, which is updated about once a year. The package lists the contact information of the most common metropolitan area lessors and informs where you can look for private lessors.

When searching for your own apartment, it is crucial that you be active and apply for housing provided by as many lessors as possible, without area restrictions. If you have some area restrictions, give clear justifications for them in your housing application. Be sure to provide all the documents that lessors require as appendices to your applications. The lessors independently choose their tenants.

Unpaid rent or eviction may make it much more difficult for you to win housing. In addition, credit default entries may also impede your getting housing. Great many people are looking for housing, which is why you may have to wait in line for a long time. ARA-financed housing has certain criteria for selecting tenants, as well as income limits.

If you are at risk of losing your apartment:
preventive social counseling about housing

Social advisors for housing work together with customers of Social Work for Adults who are at risk of becoming homelessness. Customers include people at risk of losing their apartment due to, for instance, recurrent unpaid rent or eviction.

Work with the customers is systematical, and the goals and measures will be entered as part of the social work for adults plan. The advisors will support the customer to commit him/herself to the plan. The customer, social advisor for housing and social worker/advisor will together monitor and assess the realization of the plan.

Social counseling for housing works together with the customer so that he or she will be able to keep his or her apartment, which requires activeness and commitment on the part of the customer. Preventive work will not offer housing.

Contact social work counseling or make an appointment with a social worker.

If you are homeless:
housing counseling in social work for adults

Work with the customers is systematical, and the goals and measures will be entered as part of the social work for adults plan. The advisors will support the customer to commit him/herself to the plan. The customer, social advisor for housing and social worker/advisor will together monitor and assess the realization of the plan.

Social Work for Adults has a small number of apartments that will be leased for a temporary period to such customers of Social Work for Adults that have not—despite active efforts—managed to get housing from the open rental market (for example, due to a high amount of unpaid rent). Living in these subleased apartments requires the customer to be committed to social counseling for housing, as well as a need for housing support. A support agreement will be concluded with the customer. Living in subleased apartments is temporary, and a fixed-term lease is always applied. The customer is obliged to actively search for permanent housing as well as to ensure that his housing applications with different lessors are always valid.