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Social assistance

You have to apply for basic social assistance from Kela. You can apply for supplementary and preventive social assistance with the same application which Kela will forward to the City of Helsinki.


Social assistance or income support is a last-resort financial assistance that is meant to be a temporary benefit for a person or a family with economic problems.

The service is only for citizens of Helsinki.

Available languages:

Finnish, Swedish

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Social Services and Health Care Division

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