Basic social assistance is handled by Kela (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland). More information: http://www.kela.fi/web/en/social-assistance
A recipient of basic social assistance may also be eligible for discretionary supplementary or preventive social assistance. Clients can apply for supplementary and preventive social assistance directly from the municipality if they have already been granted basic social assistance by Kela for the same period of time. A written application and any necessary attachments should be sent to the social welfare office (address: Asemakatu 38–40 A, 70100 Kuopio) or electronically via Omapalvelu.