Income support and social work

Social assistance

Basic social assistance will be paid by Kela starting 1 January 2017

Supplementary and preventive social assistance will continue to be provided by the City of Helsinki

Before applying for supplementary social assistance you will first need a decision from Kela concerning basic social assistance. The assistance is applied for at the social work units for young people or adults. The telephone advice service provides information and advice on matters related to applying: Monday to Friday from 9 to 12, tel. 09 3105 6257

From 14 of February you can make an application online.

Link to the e-services where you find the application form (authentication is needed)

Instructions for the application form (in Finnish)

Please notice that the following links go to Finnish pages.

Services for young persons (16 - 29 year old)

- links to Finnish pages

Service for adults (30 year old and older)

- links to Finnish pages            


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