"For the People"
My name is Laura Jahn and I live in Southern Helsinki with my husband and our two year old son. I am a master of Social sciences.
I work in tourism but I have been laid-off for a while now.
I became a candidate because I want a community where EVERYONE has a voice. That is why I want to listen to You. My goal is to make Southern Helsinki a good place where everyone can feel safe and welcome. Could you help me?
Early childhood education
It is the city of Helsinki’s responsibility to tackle all the problems we have with our early childhood education system. It is every child’s right to get early childhood education and the place should be found near the family’s home. The situation has gotten better during the last few years but we still got a lot of work to do. One of the problems is the lack of qualified personnel. We need to make the working environment better and safer so that the children can also feel safe. We need to make the profession attractive so that we can get more new qualified workers to our early childhood education.
Housing and construction
Living in Helsinki is very expensive. It is true that we need a lot of new small apartments, but we also need apartments for families with children, especially in Southern Helsinki. It is everyone’s right to own an apartment, but now it seems to be very difficult for many. It is hard to get a mortgage and rents are very high. It won’t be easy to find a solution but we should start by thinking what kind of Helsinki we want to have. Ordinary people have the right to live in the city centre area of Helsinki and we have to make this possible. When we plan Helsinki’s city centre, we should always keep in mind that it is a home for many people.
I have signed an initiative that you can read here:
The city of Helsinki has to double the budget for the sports fields and halls. There is a budget for building new places, but it is not enough, since the money is being used to repair the old ones.
Also many outdoor sports fields are being used by different sport clubs so that ordinary people can't train there during afternoons and evenings. This should be fixed. There should be outdoor sports fields for everybody.