‘It’s A Miracle’: Helsinki’s Radical Solution To Homelessness • Discoverology

‘It’s A Miracle’: Helsinki’s Radical Solution To Homelessness

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Finland is the only country in the European Union where homelessness is falling. Its secret? Giving people homes as soon as they need them – unconditionally.

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