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A taste of Helsinki – the European city that leads housing policy by example

A short practical info session with the Mayor of Helsinki

Online, 16 November 2021Save the date

On 16th November, the City of Helsinki, the Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA) and Housing Europe challenge you to dive into the reality of a city that has been practicing social mix policies, nearly eradicated homelessness and takes the essential need of social housing seriously. When looking at the map of Europe, this can be only Helsinki.

The capital of Finland will be hosting the third International Social Housing Festival on 14-17 June 2022, following the previous successful editions in Lyon (2019) and Amsterdam (2017).

The time to welcome the international housing community – housing practitioners, policymakers, architects, researchers and tenants – to take part in this critical conversation, ask questions and find answers together has come and the calls for events are now open.

We invite public, cooperative and social housing providers, housing experts, as well as policymakers to join this short information session with Helsinki Mayor Juhana Vartiainen, social innovators in the housing sector that lead on inspiring projects in the city and organisers of the previous editions of the Festival. These 60 minutes will give you a taste of what you can expect to happen in June and how you can be part of it.

Finally, the Festival will also host the ceremony of the 4th European Responsible Housing Awards for which calls for projects is open until the end of 2021. While we will be releasing the full set-up of the Jury very soon, we can already announce that one of the members will be Ruth Reichstein from the I.D.E.A. Advisory Board to the President of the European Commission, responsible for Green Deal & New European Bauhaus.

Programme | 15:00-16:00 CET


Welcome words

Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General of Housing Europe & Jarmo Linden, Director of ARA

ISHF2022 Promo video & Taste of venues


Helsinki, the host city of the 2022 International Social Housing Festival

Mayor of Helsinki, Juhana Vartiainen


Questions & Answers with Mayor Vartiainen


A first snapshot of study visits

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


Why should the housing community join the Festival in June 2022?

The experience of Lyon from 2019

Marc Uhry, City of Villeurbanne (France)


Responsible Housing Awards 2022 ceremony in Helsinki

Barbara Steenbergen, Head of the EU Office of the International Union of Tenants (IUT)


Q&A on practical questions & ideas

Diana Yordanova, Communications Director, Housing Europe

Abderrahim Khairi, Membership & Event Coordinator, Housing Europe