Posts tagged housing rights
On Sunday February 22, some 20 activists gathered in Praça São Judas Tadeu, outside the bondinho (tram) station leading up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, in Rio’s leafy Cosme Velho neighborhood. Hailing from Cerro Corá, a favela just five minutes walk from this busy tourist spot, they wanted to combat the invisibility of Rio’s favelas and “show Cariocas and tourists what happens underneath Christ the Redeemer.”
The activists, members of Cerro Corá–Moradores em Movimento, highlighted a number of issues currently facing Rio’s favelas: home demolitions and evictions, failure of basic services such as water and electricity, and police violence against favela residents all More >
Climbing the stairs, I inquired after houses for rent. There were many. In a violent place, unaided by the authorities, and in a state of war due to territorial disputes, people looking for cheap housing had options.
I moved into an apartment that had been empty for more than three years because of fear of the drug war. I didn’t know what this war was about, but it didn’t take more than two More >
Minha Casa Minha Vida-Entidades: Federally-Funded Housing Solutions Through Self-Managed Cooperatives
Every month, representatives of 116 families meet in a warehouse in central Rio. The families currently live in different parts of the city: in the favelas of Parque da Cidade and Providência, the urban occupation Quilombo das Guerreiras, and other parts of Rio’s downtown and Port Zone. Because of their involvement with the social movements Central de Movimentos Populares (Center for Grassroots Movements, or CMP) and União Nacional por Moradia Popular (National Union for Popular Housing, or UMP), and thanks to financing from the federal program Minha Casa Minha Vida-Entidades, they will soon all live together in an apartment building on the site More >
For the original in Portuguese on the Institute for the Study of Labor and Society (IETS) website click here.
New investments, growth in the local economy, the policy of pacification, and large-scale urban interventions are changing the city of Rio de Janeiro. Hotels are opening in favelas; bakeries and small grocers are giving way to restaurants and retail shops. Gentrification is the buzzword of the moment. To discuss this process, which results in real estate appreciation in a given area displacing that area’s original inhabitants, OsteRio invited for another round of debates the urbanist Flavio Ferreira; Theresa Williamson, also a city planner More >
On Tuesday morning, December 3rd, the Municipal Legislative Chamber filled with approximately one hundred people–favela residents, public defenders, professors, and human rights advocates–eager to participate in the public hearing on “Removals for Large Projects in the City of Rio de Janeiro” after the previous hearing in September had been cancelled 30 minutes prior to start time. In one fiery speech after another, participants recounted an illegal and arbitrary process of removals, and expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of representation from the Mayor’s office and the rest of City Council. In spite of this, the event carried symbolic importance, as activists took the More >