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'It’s a miracle': Helsinki's radical solution to homelessness

'It’s a miracle': Helsinki's radical solution to homelessness

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  • Shelter is a right not a privilege. A collective approach to improving people's lives works. No one should be allowed to justify homelessness on the basis of individual character ("they're just lazy," "their own fault for doing drugs").

  • Fantastic case that has demonstrated that the costs to society for providing supported housing (critical point being supportive, as just throwing housing together has not worked in either France or the US) but it is necessary to highlight as the article does, the government actually already owns much

    Fantastic case that has demonstrated that the costs to society for providing supported housing (critical point being supportive, as just throwing housing together has not worked in either France or the US) but it is necessary to highlight as the article does, the government actually already owns much of the urban housing. This model will be costlier to replicate elsewhere and requires the social support and community based culture that is not always prevalent and needs to be fostered.

  • Wonderful article and for Finland a working solution.

    For the major urban centers in North America talk of affordable housing is political rhetoric given the straosperic price of real estate. Here public housing is seen as a charity and the residents unable to survive otherwise.

    It conflicts with

    Wonderful article and for Finland a working solution.

    For the major urban centers in North America talk of affordable housing is political rhetoric given the straosperic price of real estate. Here public housing is seen as a charity and the residents unable to survive otherwise.

    It conflicts with the so called freemarket which in reality is more in tune with "Monopoly".

    While there are people that have fallen victims to addiction for homeless people and those in public housing the problems are caused by lack of opportunity and lack of education. Sorry Big Bird Fans inner city living isn't "Sesame Street ".

  • If the validity of this model continues to be confirmed, we should not hesitate to apply this strategy wherever homelessness is found.

  • The basic assumption that is the foundation of this initiative reminds me of Maslow's theory of needs. Even if it has been frowned upon recently, I see how difficult it may be looking for a job when you don't know where you will sleep tonight.

  • I think it is such a radical change moving from the belief "solve your problems one by one until you have enough to own your house" to "have a home and using that security solve your problem".

    It is very difficult for people coming from families, education with similar aspirations for their children

    I think it is such a radical change moving from the belief "solve your problems one by one until you have enough to own your house" to "have a home and using that security solve your problem".

    It is very difficult for people coming from families, education with similar aspirations for their children to understand what homelessness is and how devastating it could be.

    All the cities around the world have homeless people. Governments should look at homelessness of their big cities for that will create sattava (a concept that promotes good done for others creates a better atmosphere in which all benefit).

  • Housing is a critical issue and one that needs great solutions. Finland is landlocked and a population which is culturally the same. Not certain it will work in the US; people have the ability to move to other places in the country that are not so expensive, but may have cultural or political diversity

    Housing is a critical issue and one that needs great solutions. Finland is landlocked and a population which is culturally the same. Not certain it will work in the US; people have the ability to move to other places in the country that are not so expensive, but may have cultural or political diversity to ones beliefs. There is still a lot of choice available to people in the US; but it would require going some place where you are or think differently.