NO FIXED ABODE NGO – VAILLA VAKINAISTA ASUNTOA RY
No Fixed Abode is an NGO with the aim of reducing homelessness and improving the services of homeless people. We work together with our service users to find appropriate housing solutions for everyone as well as influencing Finnish housing policies together with other stakeholders. Organisation is not committed to any political parties’ or religious communities’ agenda.
Our essential idea is that every person can live independently if she or he is provided with adequate conditions and support. Housing is a fundamental human right, and its absence cannot be accepted under any circumstances.
The purpose of all activities of the Vailla vakinaista asuntoa ry is to make sure that everyone will find a decent place to live within a reasonable time.
We are a nationwide organization. Our office is located in Helsinki and our services are concentrated on the Helsinki metropolitan area, where the majority of Finland’s homeless reside.
Our work is divided into a low threshold services, housing services and NGO work.
No Fixed Abode was founded thirty years ago by homeless people themselves in the situation where there were 20 000 homeless persons in Finland. Today No Fixed abode has nearly 40 employees working in different areas of action, of which about 25 percent have experience of homelessness. Organisation runs two housing units (Housing first) which have all together 100 apartments.
SERVICES FOR THE HOMELESS
Our low threshold services are aimed at everyone who is homeless or threatened with homelessness. Vepa’s activities are open to everyone.
Most of our services are located in Sörnäinen city district, Helsinki. The housing councelor is on call at our organization’s office on working days and once a week in Vantaa. The D-station is located in Kannelmäki. An outreach team Yökiitäjä moves around the metropolitan area. We give advice on homelessness on the phone for people all around Finland.
You can inform the Yökiitäjä who is on duty at night time, if you are worried about someone sleeping rough, or if you notice someone whom you believe to be homeless.
Our premises are not barrier-free: our office is on the third floor, and there is no lift. Vepa’s/Kalkkers’ entrance has one step. In case you cannot access our office, we will arrange an appointment with you in another, accessible location!
VEPA – PEER SUPPORT AND VOLUNTEERING CENTRE
Everyone is accepted into Vepa just the way they are. In Vepa you can rest, spend time, eat a warm meal, tell about your problems and receive support for the suitable service. Vepa serves a warm meal, coffee, tea and bread once a day. In Vepa there is a computer and a phone that is in use for visitors, you can complete running errands on these devices.
Through Vepa you can contact and reserve a time with our housing counselor, get in contact with a floating support worker and an immigrant specialist. In Vepa donated clothes are handed out and on Wednesday there are men’s and woman’s sauna-turns. Two peer employees work in Vepa.
Open hours: Monday-Friday 8-14
Address: Vaasankatu 5 F
Tel. 050 443 1065
Vepa is closed in July.
NIGHT CENTRE KALKKERS
Night centre Kalkkers works for low threshold crisis spot for the homeless. In Kalkkers you can rest safely, get first aid and some snack and food, talk about your situation and get help to find the suitable services. Kalkkers is open for half a year during the winter time. In Kalkkers donated clothes are handed out. For the visitors there is a computer they can use.
Kalkkers does not provide shelter. A warm place to spend the night is offered to fifteen visitors regardless of their place of domicile.
Two peer employees and two social work professionals work in Kalkkers.
Open times: Monday-Sunday 22-06 (winter season)
Address: Vaasankatu 5 F, 00500
Tel. 050 433 1068
THE IMMIGRATION SPECIALIST IS ON MATERNITY LEAVE. A DEPUTY WORKER WILL SERVE YOU IN THE BEGINNING OF 2019.
Immigrant work is targeted at homeless immigrants, especially when your rights to social security and services are unclear. Immigration expert Heini Puurunen helps individually to find out the situation and solutions and guide you to appropriate services. In addition to housing issues, you can find out about your rights to social security and services.
If you are eligible for social security, speak Finnish and you need the services of a housing counselor, contact our housing counselor Ulla Pyyvaara. Heini is responsible for English language counseling. Heini works in addition to Finnish, in English, Bulgarian and Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian/Montenegrin.
Read more about our low threshold services in finish.