For the original in Portuguese here. Article by Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur to the UN on Adequate Housing.
Recently, the city of São Paulo presented a decree (54.074, from July 5, 2013) which deals with the building of Social Interest Housing (Habitação de Interesse Social, or HIS, in Portuguese) and Low Income Market Housing (Habitação de Mercado Popular, o HMP). A portion of the decree had already caused a stir last year when it substituted part of the Municipal Plan for Housing in the Chamber (read the commentary that I wrote about it in my blog here, in Portuguese). But in More >
Residents from Horto and Vila Autódromo, and Members of the National Movement for the Fight for Housing, hold a vigil to protest evictions
For the original in Portuguese on Pela Moradia click here.Families occupy the steps of the Finance Ministry building in downtown Rio.
Approximately 50 people, residents of the Horto and Vila Autódromo communities, along with the National Movement for the Fight for Housing (MNLM, by the Portuguese acronym) held a vigil Wednesday, July 17th, at the entrance of the Ministry of Finance building, located at 375 Av. Presidente Antônio Carlos. The event began after a meeting with the families and Marina Esteves, the Secretary for National Heritage (SPU, by the Portuguese acronym).
At the meeting residents demanded that the inter-ministerial commission’s decision be revised to More >
For the original by Guiliander Carpes in Portuguese on Terra click here.
The pacification of favelas in Rio de Janeiro’s South Zone has brought greater security to previously dangerous areas. And in the wake of this step forward, prices have increased on these hillsides. Real estate speculation and threats of removal are now obliging (or luring) residents who have roots in the communities to find a new place to live.
When services such as banks, electric utilities and cable TV entered the favela, many people began to feel compelled to leave – because they don’t have enough money to stay or want to make a More >
For the original by Fabíola Gerbase in Portuguese on O Globo click here.
One of the founders of Observatório de Favelas (Favela Observatory) in Maré, the geographer, educator and social activist Jailson de Souza e Silva accumulates publications and projects in his quest to build a new perspective on popular communities.
Rio–A man with an easy smile, Jailson de Souza e Silva didn’t feel at ease when asked to produce it a few times last Wednesday afternoon, July 7. While posing for photos for this story at the entrance of the Observatório de Favelas (Favela Observatory), a civil organization he created with friend Jorge More >
For the original by Aramis Assis in Portuguese on Viva Favela click here.
The hyper-appreciation of real estate values that has taken hold of Rio de Janeiro’s major neighborhoods has now reached the pacified favelas, and, surely due to location, is producing vigorous changes in Vidigal. The community, which has had a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) since January of last year, has attracted tourists and investors alike interested primarily in the beautiful views it boasts.