Housing allowance

Last updated 27/09/2019 - 11:22

Number of housing allowance recipients still falling

At the end of June, 112,800 households received general housing allowance in the Helsinki region, which is slightly less than in the previous year.

At the end of March, the number of general housing allowance recipients was 63,100 in Helsinki, 19,000 in Espoo, 17,200 in Vantaa, 13,200 in the KUUMA municipalities and 363,500 in total throughout Finland. The number of allowance recipients decreased somewhat from the previous year in all of Finland and in Helsinki, but increased a little in the other Helsinki Metropolitan Area cities. The number remained largely unchanged in the KUUMA municipalities.

The number of households receiving general housing allowance has increased strongly since 2014. The initial increase was due to the changes to the general housing allowance that came into force in 2015, such as the new earned-income deduction, which elevated the income limits applicable to housing allowance. The steepest increase took place in August 2017 when students residing in Finland became eligible for general housing allowance.

Percentage of housing allowance recipients going up throughout the region

The percentage of household-dwelling units receiving housing allowance has also been increasing throughout the region. However, the same home can contain several households receiving housing allowance, if each household within the home has signed a separate lease. In student households, this is more common than on average. No statistics are kept on the total number of households in Finland.