Emergency Accommodation; Temporary Housing
Homelessness & Crisis Accommodation
& Crisis Accommodation
There are organisations which can arrange temporary residence
or services for the homeless, or people in crisis.
Army (Pelastusarmeija - mostly Finnish and Swedish; some info. in English and Estonian)
Accommodation in Helsinki, Lahti, Kotka and Pori
PL 161, 00121 Helsinki
Tel. (09) 681 2300
Fax. (09) 601 131
Institute (Diakonissalaitos - Finnish, English, Swedish)
The Helsinki Deaconess Institute provides social and health-care services, educational programmes, and housing services for people of all ages and situations
in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The following organisations are some of those falling under the umbrella of the Deaconess Institute:
Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters (First Homes / Ensikodit - Finnish, English, Swedish)
Offers homes, shelters and services Finland-wide. They aim at supporting parenthood and helping families find their own resources and strengths. A mother may enter a home while pregnant or with her baby, and the father can also stay there if necessary.
Tel. 09 4542440
Cross (Punainen Risti) > English > Help & Support > Emergency Youth Shelters (English/Finnish/Swedish)
Young people between 12 and 19 are welcome to discuss their problems or worries, and get an overnight bed if needed. You can also call the shelters for information or advice.
Helsinki Tel. 09 622 4322
Espoo Tel. 09 819 55360
Vantaa Tel. 09 871 4043
Tampere Tel. 040 556 6661
Turku Tel. 02 253 9667
Refuge (Pääkaupungin turvakoti)
The shelter provides victims of physical or psychological violence with safe housing, support, and the opportunity to withdraw from the cycle of violence.
The shelter is open 24 hours a day. Tel. 4777 180
Steniuksentie 20, 00320 Helsinki
- Monika – Multicultural Women’s Association (Monika-Naiset Liitto Ry - site in 16 languages)
Provides support to migrant women in many forms, including services and guidance to victims of domestic violence. Services are available in 20 languages; Arabic, Dari, English, Spanish, Farsi, Hindi, Italian, Kurdish, Persian, Portuguese, French, Romanian, Swedish, German, Somali, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Russian, Vietnamese and Estonian.
The Help Line is open 24 hours a day. Tel. 09 692 2304
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||Infopankki's Crises page provides Finland-wide links organisations which can help in various types of crises including homelessness, drug & alcohol problems, racism & discrimination, and violence. Infopankki is available in 15 languages