General Housing Allowance

Low-income households are eligible for general housing allowance from Kela to help with their housing costs. A household includes everyone sharing living quarters, and the housing allowance is granted to the household collectively.

The housing allowance is determined by reference to

  • the number of adults and children in the household
  • the municipality in which their home is located
  • their monthly income before taxes

Housing allowance is usually granted for one year in advance.

If income or other circumstances change during that year, the housing allowance is reviewed. Please notify Kela of any changes.

Social assistance

Social assistance is the last-resort form of financial assistance. It is available to individuals and families who are unable to make a living by any other means, and whose income and assets and other social benefits  (eg. housing allownce) do not cover their necessary daily expenses.

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Last modified 05/04/2017
Updated 01/01/2015