Social Assistance Forum

The Social Assistance Forum is a liaison and expert body that carries out development work on issues of social assistance.

The Forum convenes around a pre-agreed topic which provides a focus for discussion and problem-solving with partner organisations. As its first topic, the Forum will examine how to define reasonable housing costs in the context of social assistance, both now and in the future. The goal is to find alternative ways for setting and updating municipality-specific threshold values.

The Social Assistance Forum is intended to create a broader basis for collaboration and information sharing and to support the operations and development efforts of the participating organisations.

Current term: 1 January - 31 December 2020

Chairperson
Pasi Pajula, Head of the Centre of Expertise in Income Security Benefits, Kela

Secretary
Mira Halme Planning Specialist, Kela

Members:

  • Member: Mikko Friipyöli, Senior Specialist, Ministry of the Environment
  • Deputy member: -
  • Member: Outi Luoma-Aho, Budget Counsellor, Ministry of Finance
    Deputy member: Arto Salmela, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Finance
  • Member: Jarmo Lindén, Director, Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA)
    Deputy member: Kimmo Huovinen, Deputy Director, Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA)
  • Member: Marie Reijo, Senior Researcher
    Deputy member: Mira Kajantie, Senior Actuary
  • Member: Minna Kivipelto, Research Manager, National Institute for Health and Welfare
    Deputy member: Jussi Tervola, Research Manager, National Institute for Health and Welfare
  • Member: Anne Qvist, Adult Social Work Manager, City of Helsinki
    Deputy member: Leena Luhtasela, Director of Youth Services and Adult Social Work
  • Member: Anne Savolainen, Housing Manager, City of Espoo
    Deputy member: -
  • Member: Eveliina Cammarano, Social Services Specialist, City of Espoo
    Deputy member: -
  • Member: Virve Flinkkilä, Manager (Social and Health Services), City of Vantaa
    Deputy member: Assi Sihvonen, Social Work Supervisor (Social and Health Services), City of Vantaa
  • Member: -
    Deputy member: Wilma Toljander, Housing Specialist, (Zoning), City of Vantaa
  • Member: Terhikki Ahonen, Senior Social Worker (Social and Health Services), City of Tampere
  • Deputy member: Taru Herranen, Manager of Social and Crisis Emergency Services (Social and Health Services), City of Tampere
  • Member: Kaisu Kammonen, Housing Specialist (Zoning), City of Tampere
    Deputy member: Henna Kuitunen, Development Coordinator (Zoning), City of Tampere
  • Member: Petri Liski, Real Estate Development Manager (Zoning), City of Turku
    Deputy member: Jyrki Lappi, Land Use Director (Zoning), City of Turku
  • Member: Elina Wiljanen, Social Worker (Social and Health Services), City of Turku
    Deputy member: Minna Virta, Director (Social and Health Services), City of Turku
  • Member: Mikko Autio, Housing Specialist, City of Oulu
    Deputy member: Jukka Kokkinen, Housing Manager, City of Oulu
  • Member: Kaisa Kohvakka, Senior Social Worker in Adult Social Work and Rehabilitation Services, City of Jyväskylä
    Deputy member: Laura Vänttinen, Senior Social Worker in Adult Social Work and Rehabilitation Services, City of Jyväskylä
  • Member: Sanna Räsänen, Senior Social Worker
    Deputy member: Tanja Bäck, Senior Social Worker
  • Member: Katri Hiltunen, Housing Director, City of Kuopio (Housing)
    Deputy member: -
  • Member: Helene Vanninen, Housing Coordinator (Zoning), City of Lahti
    Deputy member: -
  • Member: Sanna Mutikainen, Senior Social Worker (City of Lahti Social and Health Services), Päijät-Häme Welfare Consortium of Municipalities
    Deputy member: Kati Saarela, Manager (City of Lahti Social and Health Services), Päijät-Häme Welfare Consortium
  • Member:  Ellen Vogt, Senior Adviser, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities
    Deputy member: -
  • Member: Annika Korpela, Legal Counsel, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities
    Deputy member: -
  • Member: Laura Hassi, Housing Specialist, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities
    Deputy member: -
  • Member: Susanna Rahkonen, Ministerial Adviser (permanent member), Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
    Deputy member: -
  • Member: Ritva Liukonen, Senior Specialist (permanent member), Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
    Deputy member: -
  • Member: Venla Hietala, Planning Specialist, Kela
    Deputy member: -
  • Member: Rita Lääkkölä, Planning Specialist, Kela
    Deputy member: -
  • Member: Sami Tuori, Planning Specialist, Kela
    Deputy member: -
  • Member:  Signe Jauhiainen, Head of Research, Kela
    Deputy member: -