Tools for good living in multicultural neighbourhoods
As we get more information about topics related to living and housing, it also improves our living conditions and comfort - both for myself and neighbors.
The KOTILO-project develops practices and models of living for immigrants and Finns. The objective is to improve living comfort for all residents. The project works in suburban areas with a large immigrant and Finnish population in the Helsinki region, as well as Turku and Tampere regions. Methods developed by the project include conflict prevention work, mediation, advisory work and education.
The project has developed forms of advisory and training. A special form of lodging advisory is ASUMISPAKKI-training model, which gives immigrants advice from different perspectives. It is important that participants get involved and get a hands-on experience. ASUMISPAKKI-trainings can be tailored to suit various target groups.
However, it’s not enough to train immigrants, integration has to be a two way process. Therefore KOTILO also offers training for the employees of Finnish housing companies, other actors working with housing issues and Finnish tenants and residents. Themes may vary from living in different cultures to the meaning of the concept "good neighbour". It is important, that the themes are suggested by partners and residents.
The project has trained neighbourhood mediators to solve and prevent conflicts among residents. Problems between immigrants and the majority population are often caused by everyday misunderstandings. In the worst case, an argument about laundry shifts or the use of common spaces can snowball into a "clash of civilizations" that affects the entire building. This is when neighbourhood mediators can help.
The project has also translated material related to housing and living into different languages, plain language and into comic strip form. Among the material you will find, for instance, instructions for recycling in Farsi, Albanian and Somali; a cartoon strip guide to the use of laundry shifts as well as documents related to resident democracy, rights and obligations in many languages.
The project is funded by the Finnish Slot Machine Association (RAY).
Head of KOTILO (based in Tampere)
Tel: +358 40 5618 376
Regional Coordinator, Helsinki Metropolitan region
Tel: +358 40 835 2994
Regional Coordinator, Turku
Tel: 358 45 110 3483