The project participants are guided by the Housing First social service program for the homeless, which has been successfully implemented in Finland since the second half of the 1980s. Thanks to this program, over 30 years, the number of homeless people in the country has been decreased three times, from 18 to 6 thous. people. No other country in Europe has ever achieved such impressive results.
According to the traditional staircase model of provision, a homeless person is moved from one shelter/community to another, and if their personal problems, such as alcohol and drug addiction, or unemployment, are resolved, they will ultimately be provided with own housing. However, unlike Housing First in Finland, the implementation of staircase programs did not bring Europe any closer to solving the problem of homelessness.