Far away from home

Immigrants, asylum seekers and the paperless suffer from homelessness. They are possibly thousands of kilometers away from home with bad luck when trying to find a new one. They suffer from discrimination when it comes to labor -and private housing markets and often have lower income levels. It’s estimated that one fifth of the homeless are immigrants. Left outside of the statistics are the homeless paperless in Finland. (Vva Ry).

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Causes and factors leading to Homelessness

What causes homelessness? What factors lead people to end up homeless? Is homelessness really a choice made by an individual or is it forced on the person in a way or another? What has caused an increase in homelessness in the past couple decades in almost every country? How much of an effect do social factors such as immigration, tourism, rising number of elderly people, population, violence in family/relationships or other factors such as culture, values or lifestyle have on homelessness? Is the bitter truth of homelessness being taken seriously enough by the governments?  

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NEA project – How do we help homeless women?

As we have already mentioned earlier in our blog, the number of homeless women has been increasing lately. Homeless women have been in the news topics and “Women of shadows” was also this year’s theme of the homeless night. According to Asunnottomien Yö webpage, there were at least 1200 homeless women in Finland last year and they many times face violence and abuse. They also often stay at their friends or relatives and this is why the number of homeless women is kind of hidden and it can actually be much bigger than the official number given.

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Homelessness in Europe – A Hidden Truth

As someone who migrated from a developing country, like most immigrants, every country in Europe seemed close to perfect in every way. When looking at Europe from far, it seemed as if there are no financial issues here, no citizen is suffering to get a shelter or starving and that the first priority in these countries are to see that every citizen has at least basic needs fulfilled such as a roof over their head, clothes and food.  In many

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Homelessness and Ex-Offenders

It is known that a prisoner doesn´t have the same access to things like everyone else outside the bars. While at a prison, the inmate does not have access to the internet, the phone calls are restricted, and all of this makes it hard for him/her to find a house for the time of the release.

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The Women With No Rest

The amount of homeless women has been increasing year by year. The position women are put when becoming homeless is extremely unsafe and scary. Women are at great risk of abuse and violence when living under the stars. There is no one reason why the amount of homeless women has increased but common reasons for women’s homelessness are substance abuse problems and mental health issues. Often the drugs and alcohol have come to the picture at a very young age. While there are more women ending up homeless, the age of them is getting younger. (Yle 2018).

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This is no isle of bliss

“The police is investigating a stabbing that took place at a Sininauhasäätiö facility for the homeless” (HS 13.7.2019)

“A big police operation in Töölö at Sininauhasäätiö facility for the homeless” (HS 14.11.2018)

“Drug abusing Sininauhasäätiö inhabitants cause trouble at Töölö library” (HS 18.7.2018)

The news are happy to tell what I think. Violence, crimes, drugs, bad behavior and big trouble. This is what I think when I hear the word Sininauhasäätiö. Our project with Sininauhasäätiö (a Finnish organization that works against homelessness) arises mixed feelings in me. I have a 15 year history in working at a second hand store located right next to Sininauhasäätiö unit in Vallila. During these years I met dozens of Sininauhasäätiö customers. Most encounters were neutral and I most likely met a huge bunch of their customers without realizing where they were coming from. But I also met so many people that threatened to kill me that I lost count. As the faces became familiar I learned to predict which people were bound to cause trouble.

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