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Finland ends homelessness and provides shelter for all in need

All homeless receive a small apartment and counselling – without any preconditions. 4/5 people a make their way back into a stable life.
All this is cheaper than accepting homelessness.

bit.ly/2RsMhSZ

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@benjancewicz scoop.me/housing-first-finland slightly less tracking link

this is way better than most policy but still enriches landlords, I think?

@amsomniac @benjancewicz I think not having homeless people is higher priotiy than not enriching landlords.

@amsomniac @hope @benjancewicz

it appears in this case the landlord is an NGO, partly funded by taxation, which has been buying up low cost / empty / disused buildings for about 10 years.

Squats do exist in Finland, but they are discovered and evicted quite quickly (same as any largish squat in Northern Europe; perhaps smaller ones exist and last longer)

en.squat.net/tag/finland/

@vfrmedia
Anywhere in Europe. We just had our only squat closed last year, because the government suddenly remembered they have "a plan" for the disused building. Of course that plan never went ahead.
@amsomniac @hope @benjancewicz

@benjancewicz it's good, as far as reforms go anyway, but the "it's cheaper" part is pretty cringe for me. what if it wasn't?

@substack @benjancewicz this is a really good point but I think this can be an entryway (it was for me), "the status quo is cruel AND it's not even cheaper?"

@Louisa @benjancewicz it can maybe be effective, but it also plays into dehumanization. like how b*ernie made a tweet about the iraq war and mentioned how many american troops died, how much money it cost, but didn't bother to include that a million iraqis died

@substack Often you gotta work with people where they're at, before you can slowly slide them over your way. Sometimes you gotta put your ideals or values to the side for a bit - don't lose sight, mind - and say shit you don't like that the other person will, or don't add extra info that you would prefer to that could put them off.

Right-wing folk do it all the time, and it's *very* effective, andI think that at this point, we need to prioritise effect a little over ideals.

Caption: Shows streetcars, pedestrians, and bicycles, presumably in Finland.

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