The Salvation Army in Finland manages three supported housing units. These units implement the Housing First model and provide apartments for people experiencing chronic homelessness. Two units are in Helsinki, one is inEspoo.
Housing First principle states that the first step in solving problems around homelessness should be the provision of housing. Each resident at the supported housing unit has their own rental apartment and lease. Community education methods and low-threshold work activity programme are used to accomplish the mission. Residents are not required to abstain from intoxicants when they move in, but they are encouraged to work towards abstinence. Skilled staff comprised of social and healthcare professionals provide support for residents around the clock. The Salvation Army in Finland provides the housing services for city of Helsinki/Espoo.
Additionally, The Salvation Army operates Castréninkatu unit. It offers temporary housing for up to 53 residents of Helsinki, who have become homeless and need support. In cooperation with the city of Helsinki, the unit staff tries to find more permanent housing solutions for the residents.