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Finland shows example in the fight against homelessness

In the past years Finland has managed to decrease homelessness, especially chronic homelessness, contrary to the general trend of increasing numbers of homeless people in many European countries. The main reason for this positive development has been the success of the Finnish National Programme to reduce long-term homelessness started in 2008. Finland has also become known as a country that has implemented Housing First principles at policy level. In practice this means that, instead of temporary solutions like hostels and shelters, homeless people have been given proper, independent rental flats with adequate support if needed. In eight years 3,500 flats have been allocated to people suffe