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Finland even goes as far as assigning individual support to sort out the issues that have led to the person becoming homeless.
This is a complete reversal of what other countries do and although it might sound simple, it's also incredibly effective. When someone has a literal place to call home, it makes it a whole lot easier to solve any potential problems which lead to an individual becoming homeless in the first place.
The people pay rent and are given housing benefits. And while a lot is paid for by the local government, if they earn enough the people given shelter will eventually pay for the help they receive.
Clearly it's by no means a cheap option – the amount of new housing built and work done on other buildings is substantial. But in the end, it's absolutely a worthy price to pay.
The Y-Foundation is an organisation providing flats for Finland's Housing First and their CEO Juha Kaakinen said:
All this costs money, but there is ample evidence from many countries that shows it is always more cost-effective to aim to end homelessness instead of simply trying to manage it.
Investment in ending homelessness always pays back, to say nothing of the human and ethical reasons.
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