Housing First Finland Study Tour 2020: Now Seeking Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest are now sought from social housing and homelessness professionals keen to examine first-hand Finland’s Housing First approach for application in Australia. Applications close 28 November 2019.

Housing First is a service delivery approach assisting homeless people to move straight from street sleeping to long term housing with wrap around support services. Both service delivery and accommodation design are key components of Housing First.

The Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) is supporting an exciting study tour of Finland’s successful Housing First program from 11th to 15th May 2020. The Finnish Y-Foundation has invited AHI housing professionals to see first-hand how Housing First works to end long term rough sleeping and homelessness, and how Finland’s lessons might apply in an Australasian context.

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Who should attend?

Housing professionals including service providers, policy-makers, financiers, designers and property managers reflecting the Housing First integration of human services and design.

Tour Activities

The study tour will spend 5 days in Helsinki from 11th to 15th May 2020 with our host, community housing provider Y-Foundation. Y-Foundation manages over 17,000 homes in Finland and acts as a Housing First Europe Hub. Tour members will participate in a series of workshops, discussion groups, meetings with Housing First practitioners, and site visits. The tour will finish with participant presentations, and a farewell dinner.

Tour Benefits

Participants can gain initial accreditation in Housing First train-the trainer and an opportunity to provide this training through the AHI and our community of practice. CPD points will be awarded to AHI participants.

Tour Arrangements

Participants will be required to arrange their own accommodation and travel to and from Helsinki, Finland, plus a fee for study tour costs. Participant numbers are limited to 14 professionals, but partners are welcome to attend recreational activities and a farewell dinner with our hosts.

Employers are strongly encouraged to financially support staff applications. Participants will be formally accredited, offering organisations a unique opportunity to become leaders in ending homelessness in Australia. All participating organisations will be recognised in our promotions.


If you are interested in this exciting initiative, kindly complete the form below by 28 November 2019.

For further information on tour arrangements, please contact Mark Singer on 0427 536 897 or email finlandtour2020@gmail.com. Find information on Y-Foundation here.

A detailed tour programme with costs will be sent to EOI applicants in December 2019.

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