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Accommodation in a crisis situation

If you cannot continue living in your current home or if you do not have somewhere to live in the first place, you can contact various places that offer emergency housing.

Emergency housing is temporary. It is meant for people who need help or support with finding accommodation or with other living arrangements.

Reasons behind emergency housing may include, for example, violence in the family or homelessness.

Some of the services related to emergency housing are organised or financed by municipalities. Normally, only people who have a municipality of residence in Finland have the right to use these services. If you do not live in Finland permanently and you get into a difficult situation, contact your own country’s embassy in Finland.

If your home is damaged

If you have home insurance and your home is damaged as a result of a fire or water damage, for example, contact your insurance company immediately. Home insurance may cover the rent for a temporary flat.

If you are homeless

Read more on the Infopankki page Homelessness.

If a family member uses violence

If a member of your family is violent or threatens you with violence, you can receive help from a shelter. You can live in a shelter temporarily and also seek help there in coping with what you have experienced.

Shelters are located in several municipalities. You can find information on them from the Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters and the social services office of your municipality of residence.

Infopankki webpages Violence and Honour violence contain information on where to find help if your family member is violent.

linkkiNational Institute for Health and Welfare:
Contact information of sheltersFinnish | Swedish

Help for immigrant women and immigrant children

The Mona Shelter is intended for immigrant women and children. You can go to the shelter if you are at risk due to domestic violence, forced marriage, honour-related violence or human trafficking.

The Mona Shelter offers services in several languages. You can come to the shelter from anywhere in Finland. The Mona Shelter's phone 045 639 6274 answers on a 24/7 basis.

linkkiMonika – Multicultural Women’s Association:
Aid and support to immigrant womenFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Arabic

Help for new parents

If you need help with looking after a baby and with the role of a mother, you can live in a mother and child home during pregnancy or with a small baby. A father can also stay in the mother and child home. When you want to move to a mother and child home, contact the social services office of your municipality of residence. The social services office must first make an agreement with the mother and child home on the service charges.

While in the mother and child home, you will receive help and advice on taking care of a baby and coping with everyday life. Mother and child homes are located in several municipalities. You can find information on them from the Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters and the social services office of your municipality of residence.

The Infopankki page Where to find help for children's and young people's problems? contains information on services available to families with children who have problems.

linkkiThe Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters:
Mother and child homesFinnish | Swedish | English

Help for young people

The Emergency Youth Shelters (Nuorten turvatalot) maintained by the Finnish Red Cross offer temporary emergency housing in many municipalities for young people under 19 years of age. Youth shelters are available in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Turku and Tampere.

The Infopankki page Where to find help for children's and young people's problems? contains information on services available to young people who are having problems.

linkkiThe Finnish Red Cross:
Youth sheltersFinnish | Swedish | English