Social benefits and services for people on low income



See which assistance services and benefits are provided for people and families in Tallinn who are struggling. 


Social benefits

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Subsistence benefit

Financial aid for a person or a family to ensure essential resources needed for everyday life (food, clothes, housing costs etc).

Income-based allowances

Aid for compensating the cost of medication, assistance aids or other tools necessary for life. 



Advisory and practical help to achieve better economic viability, answers to work-related and legal questions and psychological support for coping with difficulties in life.

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Debt counselling 

Counselling on how to manage and pay off your current debt and avoid new debt. 

Budget counselling

Advising a person and their family on how to manage their money better and avoid debt.

Legal counselling

Free legal aid for low-income Tallinn residents.

Crisis support counselling 

Psychological crisis aid, crisis hotline

Employment law counselling 

Answers to questions about job contracts, vacation, salary as well as collective employment relationships, help with writing up documents. 



Social housing is for people and families that are unable to ensure their own housing and need help with everyday life (social services and benefits).


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Social housing 

Housing for people or families who are not able to ensure their own housing and need help coping with everyday life (social services and benefits).

Support for returning to an independent life 

Assisting a person or family and advising them on how to maintain or improve their ability to live independently. Includes housing.

Accommodation for a person who does not have a place of residence, ensuring a temporary place to stay or sleep.


Other social aid

A day centre for homeless people

A place where a homeless person can spend time during the day and receive support services. 

 Soup kitchen

A warm meal once a day 


Shower facilities for people who do not have them at their place of residence, sauna service for a fee

Food aid

Food aid for low-income people and families



Last updated: 29.11.2021