Housing allowance

Last updated 19/03/2021 - 07:57

Number of housing allowance recipients still considerably higher than before

At the end of December, 128,700 households received the general housing allowance in the Helsinki region, which is clearly more (+10%) than in the previous year. At the end of December, the number of households that received general housing allowance was 72,000 (+9% compared with the previous year) in Helsinki, 21,200 in Espoo (+8%), 20,400 (+15%) in Vantaa, 14,600 (+8%) in the KUUMA municipalities and 402,600 (+6%) in the entire country. In 2020, the number of households that receive a general housing allowance has increased especially as a consequence of the weakened employment situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Percentage of housing allowance recipients has grown 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 households general housing allowance has also grown throughout the region as a result of students and changes to the legislation. 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.