HELSINKI      14 - 17.6.2023




    • HOUSING  RIGHT  and  social  services :   Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.   Universal Declaration of Human Rights  Art. 25

    • 700.000  Homeless in  Europa  (2022 Feantsa  - FAP)   but this number of invisible or so  much visible homeless ... is destined to grow.

    • According to the collective 'Les Morts de la rue' : in 2021 at least 706 people died on the street in France ", (and this is non-exhaustive number) ....  and sure this number  have grown by far in recent years ..

    • The slogan today (as every 10  years...) repeating "end of homelessness in the next 10 years" 2030!.  but who ever launches these slogans knows very well that it is not possible to realise a minimum  progress in this fight against homelessness and poverty if don't take remedial action planning a real  political and economic - social - cultural investment.

    • Today  the social  phenomenon of  homelessness are a symptomatic expression of a deepest and  complex malaise of the society and the structure that is given. In the past century and before , the homeless were considered poor wretches than individually consequence of their individual problems and for this discharged to the care of assistance organizations.

    • Today...    very often the homeless in situations of extreme poverty and precariousness are increasingly stigmatized either as mentally ill or as criminals, i.e. people who must be enclosed, excluded, without rights and without pretensions ... the waste of a good and productive society . And evidently very often also the social organizations that take charge of what should be the responsibilities of policy makers and administrators the well-being of citizens suffer the same fate. But fortunately we not only see this negative side but above all we try to highlight the commitment of civil society the collaboration between the different services and that is what we try to meet .... exchange .... evaluate .... propose with the realization of these projects.

AIM :  focus attention  in  interconnection between home-less  &  health-less  &  hope-less

Home… - Health… - Hope…less  will solicit our reflections, exchanges and proposals on extremely poor people who risk losing their rights and dignity  along with their home – i.e.  not only the place to  stay, but social and psychological space where a person  is  welcome, accepted and where she can develop his/her own capacities  and  self estime …, 

Do our emergency services meet the real needs of homeless people?

What are the barriers to access and delivery?

Do the services have the necessary material and human resources?

How can emergency responses (such as winter shelters) be linked to more sustainable and preventive responses (such as housing, legal assistance, health care)? 


1.  Sina Rasilainen (ARA) :  Integrating housing first with other types of services ….

2.  Julia Wygnansk:  (Housing First Warsaw) effectiveness of housing first  what works best for whom?

3.  Maxime Bonaert :  (Street Nurses  –   Brussels)Modular housing  as a flexible solution for marginalised homeless people.      

Discussion  -  Q & A                                                                     

  • How  many  of  these invisible or so all too visible ....  are the  victims of poverty  and  illness?...

  • Victims  of injustice?... of stigmatization?...  shamefully visible for our wellbeing society?...

  • Trauma  and  homelessness

  • How many in 27 European Countries dead yeach year?...

  • what  about  prevention?...  about investment  and  accessibility ?....






HELSINKI   14 - 17 . 6 . 2023


We will have our team of experts by experience with us for the 3 days

Theme: House vs. home


DAY 1 
WEDNESDAY 14.6  18-19.30   

Arrival: meeting at the hotel conference room/ or No fixed abode premises.

Practical information on the days to come.


No Fixed Abode Peer support and volunteering center Vepa:


DAY 2 


8.45 Sanna and Tiina will pick all from the hotel Sokos Hotel Tripla


Two optional visits; Participants can choose from two options


Visit to Sällikoti – The house of Fellows, the first Housing First-unit in Finland.


Alppikatu housing unit ; The former shelter which was renovated to a Housing first unit 


Time 11.30 --

Hietaniemi service center for the homeless. Run by City of Helsinki.



TIME Approx. 13.00 Move to No Fixed Abodes Vartiosaari Island / 20 minutes from the centre

Crossing the mainland and island 5 minutes way by boat.

Lunch in Vartiosaari – offered by No Fixed Abode The information from dietary options needed!

No Fixed abode presents their work in Vartiosaari.

Vartiosaari house is No Fixed Abodes summer place for the homeless.

It’s about a 15min boat ride away from main land.

It’s a place for the homeless run by peers and homeless themselves.

No alcohol or other intoxicant allowed.

Reflections of the day


TIME Approx. 5 PM Crossing by boat to the mainland and bus to the city

Sauna for people who wants to stay in Sauna

And taking people back to mainland to busstop after in the evening


DAY 3:  Friday 16 of June

TIME 9-12.00

Seminar in the former mental hospital Lapinlahti


In the seminar there are presentations and participants from the theme Home -Housing – support etc..
 at least (changes possible)

1.    The Finnish Foundation for Supporting Ex-offenders: housing and supporting ex-offenders

 2.    Pro-tukipiste: promoting the wellbeing, health and safety of people selling sexual and erotic services
         and their right to equal treatment

 3.    The housing Finance and Development Centre for Finland

4.    Blue Ribbon foundation- Home for All


12-13.00   Soup lunch in Lapinlahti

13.30 – approx. 15.30


Participants can choose from two options :


2a. Ruusulankatu housing first -unit. The Blue Ribbon Foundation

2b. Liisankoti, supported housing unit for women


Joint Dinner for people who want to but -registration and dietary options needed before! at the special place

in Helsinki by the sea.  Dinner and drinks with food offered by No fixed abode ( other drinks on own behalf)


DAY 4:  Saturday 17 th of June


Approx 9.30 -12.00

Meeting at the No Fixed Abode premises - reflect and review, practical issues

Visit to temporary housing unit Tupa if we have time or interest


THE END of the Visit!!