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ISHF 2022

The international ISHF2022 event inspired and energised

Summery Helsinki provided an inspiring backdrop, while the magnificent festival atmosphere enchanted the participants, at the International Social Housing Festival, focusing on affordable and state-subsidised housing, on 14-17 June. The event, hosted by ARA and the City of Helsinki, saw nearly 1,000 participants from dozens of countries worldwide. Read more

Introducing ARA

ARA implements Finland's housing policy

The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA) is a governmental agency of the Republic of Finland operating under the supervision of the Ministry of the Environment. ARA is an agency to implement social housing policy. ARA is an expert partner, developer and moderniser of housing and promotes ecologically sustainable, high-quality and reasonably priced housing. Read more

ARA develops housing

Queue number for applying for right-of-occupancy housing

Application process for a queue number for right-of-occupancy homes

To apply for a right-of-occupancy home, you need a queue number.

ARA will refund the extra charges. If you were charged a fee without receiving a queue number, we will refund the extra fees without a separate request. We aim to refund excess payments within two weeks of payment.

Our customer service helps with problem situations and questions related to right-of-occupancy homes. Due to the situation, our customer service may be busy from time to time.
Customer service contact information (in Finnish)



Homelessness in Finland 2022

At the end of 2022, there were 3,686 homeless people living alone in Finland, which is 262 less than in 2021. The number of the long-term homeless was 1,133, which marks a decrease of 185 people. This information is based on data collected from municipalities by the Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA).
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