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Income support and social work

Social assistance

Social assistance, or income support, is the last-resort form of financial assistance. Basic social assistance may be available to individuals and families whose income and assets do not cover their essential daily expenses. This quick guide tells you how to apply for social assistance. 

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)

Services for young persons (16 - 29 year old)

• Kalasatama service unit
• Kontula service unit
• Vuosaari service unit
• Malmi service unit
• Haaga service unit

Link to service units in Finnish pages

Service for adults (30 year old and older)

Link to service units in Finnish pages

• Kallio service unit
• Myllypuro service unit    
• Vuosaari service unit     
• Malmi service unit     
• Haaga service unit

05.02.2020 07:55