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Housing support from the resident’s perspective

Created

15.2.2018

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SATO

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SATO

Pellervo Economic Research (PTT) studied housing subsidies at the request of SATO, the City of Espoo and Finnish Tenants.

According to the results of the study, in Finland, demand-based support – such as general housing allowance – is considered to be clearer, more transparent and better targeted than supply-based support.

In Finland 90 per cent of housing support is demand-based
Housing subsidies

Housing subsidies are important for low-income people. For most households in the lowest-income categories, housing subsidies cover more than half of their housing expenses.

In Finland, 60 per cent of housing subsidies are granted to the unemployed
General housing allowance

General housing allowance is 80% of the difference between acceptable housing expenses and the basic deductible, which is determined based on the structure and monthly income of the household.

Tenants and subsidies

Tenants can be divided into four categories in terms of housing subsidies: 

In Finland 25 per cent of those living in subsidised rental apartments receive housing support
The resident’s perspective

"There have been several studies into housing support and the effectiveness of the support system, but in these the resident perspective has not been covered. It is important for us to understand the everyday lives and needs of our customers”, says SATO President and CEO Saku Sipola.

60 percent of tenents receiving housing support consider it to be a major factor in their life