General housing allowance

A household comprises the persons sharing living quarters. The housing allowance is granted to the household collectively.

Besides the housing costs, the amount of the housing allowance depends on the following:

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

Kela pays housing benefits for acceptable housing costs such as the rent.
Learn more about acceptable housing costs.

You can estimate the amount of housing allowance you would be entitled to with this calculator (in Finnish).

Social assistance is a form of last-resort financial support

You can apply for basic social assistance from Kela if all your earnings and assets and other social security benefits that you may have been awarded (such as the general housing allowance) are not sufficient to cover your necessary everyday living expenses, such as food and housing.

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