Finland's experience over the past few decades, during which the country has almost eradicated homelessness, offers an idea of what can be possible with a sustained national strategy and lasting political will. Since 4 out of 5 people keep their apartments, “Housing First” is effective in the long term. In 20 percent of cases, people move because they prefer to stay with friends or family, or because they can't pay their rent. But even in this case, they are not ruled out.
They can reapply for an apartment and get support again if they want. Finland is the only country in Europe where the number of homeless people is declining. Since the 1980s, the state, municipalities and NGOs have been working resolutely to reduce homelessness.