The two project ‘Ambassadors’, David Orr and Elena Szolgayova, provided their wealth of experience to guide the writers of the final document and ensure that the text is clear, concise and mostly importantly, accessible to policymakers. They also have a crucial role in representing the study in public fora and otherwise promoting the work of the #Housing2030 initiative.


The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland, ARA, has major responsibility for the implementation of Finnish housing policy. ARA belongs to the administrative branch of the Ministry of the Environment.

ARA grants subsidies, grants and guarantees for housing and construction and controls and supervises the use of the ARA housing stock. In addition, ARA participates in projects related to the development of housing and expertise in the housing market, and produces information services for the industry.

ARA is an expert partner, developer and moderniser of housing and promotes ecologically sustainable, high-quality and reasonably priced housing. ARA’s operating principle is: everyone is entitled to comfortable housing.

ARA’s main tasks include:

ARA develops sustainable, high-quality and reasonably priced housing.
ARA supports the improvement of the housing conditions of people with low or average incomes and special-needs groups.
ARA monitors and directs non-profit housing corporations to ensure the sound management of finances and the allocation of government subsidies to residents.
ARA develops the existing building stock and living environments to meet the challenges of the times in question.
ARA directs and monitors the use of ARA’s stock of buildings and manages the risks related to their loans together with the State Treasury.
ARA promotes, utilises and disseminates the results of research and development activities related to housing conditions.
ARA collects, analyses and disseminates information on the housing market and maintains online and information services for the industry.

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The Housing Agency is a government agency with a focus on supporting:

Local authorities,
the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and
Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs)

The Housing Agency is a non-commercial state agency under the aegis of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. They work closely with colleagues in the Department to ensure and support the delivery of ministerial policy objectives.

Their primary function is to provide the services for, and on behalf of, the Minister of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and each local authority in the performance of their functions under the Housing Acts. These services include:

Housing Research and Analysis
Housing Supply Supports and Advice
Local Authority Services
Approved Housing Body Services
Mortgage Supports
Acquisitions Programme
Housing Projects and Procurement Services
Pyrite Remediation
Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies

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