Last updated 18/06/2020 - 08:15
Number of housing allowance recipients still falling
At the end of March, 115,500 households received general housing allowance in the Helsinki region, which is slightly more (+1.5%) than in the previous year. At the end of March, the number of general housing allowance recipients was 64,700 (+1%) in Helsinki, 19,100 in Espoo (+1%), 18,000 (+5%) in Vantaa, 13,400 (+0.4%) in the KUUMA municipalities and 376,300 (+0.5%) in total throughout Finland. The number grew slightly compared to the previous year both in the Helsinki region and the entire country.
During March, the number of general housing allowance applications have surpassed the number of applications during the same period in the previous year, which means that the number of recipients is likely to keep growing in the coming months. The need for general housing allowance is currently growing especially due to temporary layoffs and dismissals caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Percentage of housing allowance recipients going up throughout the region
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.
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.