Posts tagged housing rights
The eviction last Friday, April 10, saw over 8,000 people forcibly removed from the disused Telerj (now known as Oi) site, with 21 people injured, 18 arrested and four unconfirmed dead. Reports suggest the 4.30am eviction was carried out with little respect for the residents: Military Police pushed residents down the stairs, used pepper spray and tear gas unnecessarily and did not allow families to collect their possessions. On Friday evening, 500 of those evicted settled in an open-air public space outside the City government building on Avenida Presidente Vargas, one of the principal avenues in the city’s downtown.
Families have been camping More >
Thousands of families have been occupying the abandoned ex-Telerj complex in Engenho Novo, North Zone, where new arrivals have been claiming residence since Sunday March 30. The occupation involves over 8,000 people, according to the residents, with more arriving every day. Many families left their homes from the communities of Mandela, Rato Molhado, Jacarezinho, Cosmos, Manguinhos, Duque de Caxias and Morro do Sampaio. Others who lived homeless on nearby streets also participated in the occupation.
The space was collectively distributed as families arrived and began to erect their single-space rudimentary barracos (make-shift shelters) made from plywood and reclaimed materials, without any roof, furniture, More >
On Wednesday, March 12, Studio-X hosted representatives from four different projects developing sustainable housing innovations across Latin America, in a free and open lecture. The presentations were from winners of a competition run and funded by the American Planning Association, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, US Department of State, Ashoka Changemakers, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
After sifting through over 200 applications, four projects from Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia and Peru were chosen because of their focus on community development, environmental concerns and use of sustainable practices. The presentations were followed by a discussion about how planners and designers can innovate to More >
More than 250 families are reported to have been left homeless after demolitions at the Bairro 13 occupation in Santo Cristo in of Rio de Janeiro. Residents report that of approximately 500 families who were removed from the region, only around 110 have been placed into the Minha Casa, Minha Vida (MCMV) program, either having received a house or social rent to hold their place in the program, so far. In breach of the law, residents were not given advanced warning when evictions began on February 26. Those who weren’t placed into the MCMV program were simply given unsigned, unofficial photocopies of documents More >
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 >