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

Social Assistance Forum
Member Deputy member

Mikko Friipyöli, Senior Specialist, Ministry of the Environment

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Outi Luoma-Aho, Budget Counsellor, Ministry of Finance

Arto Salmela, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Finance

Jarmo Lindén, Director, Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA)

Kimmo Huovinen, Deputy Director, Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA)

Marie Reijo, Senior Researcher

Mira Kajantie, Senior Actuary

Minna Kivipelto, Research Manager, National Institute for Health and Welfare

Jussi Tervola, Research Manager, National Institute for Health and Welfare

Anne Qvist, Adult Social Work Manager, City of Helsinki

Leena Luhtasela, Director of Youth Services and Adult Social Work

Anne Savolainen, Housing Manager, City of Espoo

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Eveliina Cammarano, Social Services Specialist, City of Espoo

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Virve Flinkkilä, Manager (Social and Health Services), City of Vantaa

Assi Sihvonen, Social Work Supervisor (Social and Health Services), City of Vantaa

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Wilma Toljander, Housing Specialist, (Zoning), City of Vantaa

Terhikki Ahonen, Senior Social Worker (Social and Health Services), City of Tampere

Taru Herranen, Manager of Social and Crisis Emergency Services (Social and Health Services), City of Tampere

Kaisu Kammonen, Housing Specialist (Zoning), City of Tampere

Henna Kuitunen, Development Coordinator (Zoning), City of Tampere

Petri Liski, Real Estate Development Manager (Zoning), City of Turku

Jyrki Lappi, Land Use Director (Zoning), City of Turku

Elina Wiljanen, Social Worker (Social and Health Services), City of Turku

Minna Virta, Director (Social and Health Services), City of Turku

Mikko Autio, Housing Specialist, City of Oulu

Jukka Kokkinen, Housing Manager, City of Oulu

Kaisa Kohvakka, Senior Social Worker in Adult Social Work and Rehabilitation Services, City of Jyväskylä

Laura Vänttinen, Senior Social Worker in Adult Social Work and Rehabilitation Services, City of Jyväskylä

Sanna Räsänen, Senior Social Worker

Tanja Bäck, Senior Social Worker

Katri Hiltunen, Housing Director, City of Kuopio (Housing)

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Helene Vanninen, Housing Coordinator (Zoning), City of Lahti

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Sanna Mutikainen, Senior Social Worker (City of Lahti Social and Health Services), Päijät-Häme Welfare Consortium of Municipalities

Kati Saarela, Manager (City of Lahti Social and Health Services), Päijät-Häme Welfare Consortium

Ellen Vogt, Senior Adviser, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities

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Annika Korpela, Legal Counsel, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities

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Laura Hassi, Housing Specialist, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities

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Susanna Rahkonen, Ministerial Adviser (permanent member), Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

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Ritva Liukonen, Senior Specialist (permanent member), Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

 

Venla Hietala, Planning Specialist, Kela

 

Rita Lääkkölä, Planning Specialist, Kela

 

Sami Tuori, Planning Specialist, Kela

 

Signe Jauhiainen, Head of Research, Kela