São Paulo’s Homeless Up 60% in a Decade

A homeless in São Paulo, Brazil São Paulo city’s homeless people rose from 8,706 to 13,666 between 2000 and 2009, according to a survey by the municipal secretariat of Social Assistance, the Economic Research Institute Foundation (FIPE) and the Center for Rural and Urban Studies (Ceru).

However, in 2009, only 6,587 (48.2%) of the homeless were actually living on the streets in the open. Ten years ago, when the last such survey was made, there were 5,013 (54.3% of the homeless total) living on the streets.

The survey found that the number of people living in municipal shelters rose from 3,693 in 2000 (45.7% of the total homeless), to 7,079 (51.8%) in 2009.

Most of the São Paulo homeless live in the central part of the city in and around two large plazas: Praça da República and Praça da Sé. The vast majority of them are male – 86%. In a sample that was interviewed (526 people) it was found that slightly less than 10% were illiterate and 62.8% said they had not completed elementary school.

The group was, to say the least, heterogeneous. Some had mental problems, others were abandoned by families, had been in prison. There were even people who had had regular jobs. And not all of them can be classified as poor, says Atila Pinheiro, from the National Movement for People Who Live in the Street (Movimento Nacional População em Situação de Rua).

The most recent survey (2009) found a large number of the homeless admitted to having problems with drinking and drugs (74.4%), but the reason most often cited for living on the streets or in shelters was loss of employment.

A 2007 survey by the Ministry of Social Development found similar results: that over 70% of homeless people they interviewed cited one or more of these problems as the reason they were in the situation they were in: drugs or drinking, unemployment or family problems.

Which leads Alderon Pereira da Costa, of the Interministerial Committee on Public Policy for the Homeless (Comitê Interministerial de Políticas Públicas para População em Situação de Rua, to point out that someone who wants to work needs a different kind of assistance than someone on drugs.

However, the president of an organization for the homeless (Movimento Estadual da População em Situação de Rua em São Paulo), Robson César, says that the profile of the homeless is changing. In the past, he says, most came from other states looking for work. Today most of them have become unskilled locals with various and varying personal problems with the result that they have little chance of finding work.

More Protection

Last month, following the murder of five homeless people in the Jaçanã region (north) of the city of São Paulo, government attorneys recommended that the city, in order to ensure the safety of as many people living on the streets as possible, give them access to municipal shelters.

The Jaçanã murders remain unsolved. The governor of São Paulo, Alberto Goldman, has called for a full investigation. A police chief, Luiz Fernando Lopes Teixeira, told Brazilian government news agency Agência Brasil, “As far as we know the killers were on a motorbike, wearing helmets. The crime took place late at night. All of which makes it a difficult case. But we are doing everything we can.”



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  • Joelma


  • ch.c.

    Dickolass, the car I drive is debt free
    Sure !
    That is what all Gringos liars pretend !
    Gringos Liars even pretend they have no mortgages debts.
    And those living in the Bronx pretend they reside in 5th Avenue.
    All Gringos pretend they have a JOB. And a well paid job….of course !

    Even Ohhhhlala (Obama) will in a few years say that America has NO DEBTS.
    No debts owed to foreigners and….Noooo debts owed to…. Americans citizens !
    And he may as well issue a new currency….THE BABY DOLL-Hahaaa!

    You better scratch your head….instead of caressing your NAVEL !

    Enjoy Your Already 100 % PUBLIC DEBTS to GDP !
    Dont worry…its going to get higher….EVERY YEAR !
    Just look at Ohhhhhlala own numbers….for the Yearsssss ahead !
    1,6 trillion deficit this year, after 1,4 trillion in 2009. And even from 2013 to 2018 his own numbers DONT GO LOWER THAN A TRILLION DEFICIT…..PER YEAR !
    Wellll that is looking the rosy way….of course ! in short….cheating !
    Reality is going to be a LOT WORSE THAN THE FUDGED PUBLICIZED Ohhhhhlala estimates ! GUARANTEED !

    Laughs….laughs….laughs….laughs….laughs !

    Ohhh and one inside information : staring in 2014 FORD AND GM are going to produce cars with 6 and 8 wheels !
    Welll needed for the FATTY PATTY GRINGOS !!!
    And Ohhhhlala is going to offer to every poor FATTY PATTY GRINGO……AN ELECTRIC WHEEL CHAIR….for their private transportation. Made in China….of course !
    And paid with….MORE DEBTS…OF COURSE.

    Ohhhhh my….ohhhh my…. what a bunch of BIBENDUMS gringos are !

    Keep counting and growing…YOUR DEBTS.


  • Luigi Vercotti

    Nicholas and Ch.C
    You two must have your heads up each others’ ass. Ch.C, I complemented you on your posting and remarked that the Swiss would be surprised to learn of Nicholas’ dire economic forecasts, and of course the wouldn’t move to Brazil.

    Dickolass, the car I drive is debt free. Your CNN world view is wrong. Now today, I’m going to drive in air-conditioned comfort to a brand new $300 million stadium to watch a baseball game, eat hot dogs and drink beer. All in a civilized environment. Try that at Maracana. The a drive up to my friend’s lake house for the rest of the weekend. Jet skis, babes, fishing, swimming, barbeque.

    Yes, life is hell here, just like you see on CNN. Log out of the lan-house and take the bus back to the favela.

    You guys are comical. Thanks for the laughs!

  • ch.c.

    I’m getting in my big car, turning on the a/c, driving down a 4 lane freeway with no potholes in it, getting valet parked at a great restaurant, having a great dinner, then coming home to my pool. I l
    All paid with DEBTS !!!!!

    Facts being that America debts clock stand now at 13 Trillion dollars. Or about 100 % DEBTS to GDP !
    And that is for Public Debts ONLY !
    And growing…FAST !


    In a few years from now…..Americans will have POLLENTA for staple food ! Yessss….feeded the same as chickens !

    Ahhhh…ahhhhh !

  • ch.c.

    oHHHH Luigi Vercotti “I’m sure it’s news to the folks in Switzerland that they live in a bad place. Surely they’ll move to Brazil now”

    Doubtful with Switzerland just having had 3 cities of out 10 RANKED AS THE MOST LIVELIEST CITIES ON EARTH !

    What about the ranking of the BEST BRAZILIAN CITY ????

    Certainly NOT in the first 60 !!!!!

    Proof that you, LUIGI VERCOTTI, is NOT any smarter than NICK-HOLE !

    I invent nothing…contrary to idiots that pretend to know :



  • ch.c.

    Nicholas (usa_male), June 04, 2010 A TRUE IDIOT !
    There is not a week the FDIC doesnt seize a bank !
    140 in 2009 and already 75 in 2010 !
    And U.S. banks got far far far far more government help than Swiss banks !


    Keep talking IDIOT…USA_MALE in appearance !!!!
    Male during day….tranny at night.

    Ohhhhhh TRIPLE IDIOT…..before talking something you have no idea about….spend a few minutes looking for sources of informations !


    2009 Switzerland debts to GDP 39 %. THE LOWEST OF All developed nations…and lower than many emerging nations !

    Ahhhh…..ahhhh TRIPLE IDIOT

    2009 Switzerland ended with a BUDGET SURPLUS !!!!!

    Ahhhhh….ahhhhh TRIPLE IDIOT of USA_male with a penis the size of a clito but with a beer belly and fats at your hips and rear from your JUNK foods full of HORMONES !

    I even bet that your expertise as a USA_male is providing BJs for 5 dollars ! Otherwise you are a taker : everysthing in your rear !!!!

    Keep printing DOLLARS !
    The dollar rally is just….TEMPORARY !
    But nothing positive….FUNDAMENTALLY !!!!

    Ahhhhh….ahhhhh……idiots are always 100 % sure that right they are. That’s why they are idiots…BY DEFINITION !
    Suffice to read your comments…. NICK-HOLE !

    I cant stop—-LAUGHING !

  • luigi vercotti

    Nicholas, You must be posting like this just to get a response, nobody could be this stupid. Ch. C. is right, and I thank him for the lesson: Brazil won’t spend a dime on those things, just talk. And you are brilliant, I’m sure it’s news to the folks in Switzerland that they live in a bad place. Surely they’ll move to Brazil now. Speaking of my daughter (which you wouldn’t do to my face), she graduates shortly and will make more than most doctors in Brazil. My Brazilian stepdaughter (my new wife is Brazilian) just graduated in Brazil as an orthodontist and is moving here to live with us in the US to become a dental hygienist; she’ll make 3 times her salary in Brazil as an ortho.

    Now go catch the bus home, try not to get robbed, lock the doors behind you, and heat up that day-old plate of rice and beans.

    I’m getting in my big car, turning on the a/c, driving down a 4 lane freeway with no potholes in it, getting valet parked at a great restaurant, having a great dinner, then coming home to my pool. I live in the US, not Italy, Dickolass.

  • Nicholas usa_male

    Luigi, the only kool aid drinker is you. The country of the future is Italy, that’s going to be like Greece today..don’t you know that?;-). Since you have an IQ of a tomato, it’s better to leave you with your own stupidity, cause it’s impossible you ever learn something than typing nonsense here. Tell me..how does a kid like supports a daughter who’s a nurse in te US? lol..or is your “daughter” actually your mother who supports you? I suspect the last one.

    Ch.C..Feed the crowd (with bailouts) with promises (for more bailouts)..that’s switzerland. Yeah, bro, you read that right, that’s your own nation that’s supporting incompetents by printing more money into the system to bail out failed bankers. Oh wait, that’s bad news you prefer to avoid and i’m sure you’re don’t live there anymore huh. Got a new latin or asian boyfriend?

    you see guys, brazil is no difference than the banana republic you live..laugh.

  • ch.c.

    no money went to nuke plants !!!!

    ANGRA III has been talked for…OVER 20 YEARS….and still NOTHING IN 2010 !

    Same for BR 163 promises to be paved. 30 years of repeated promises.
    And still….more promises….but not paved so far !

    In Brazil to be elected it is quite easy…..MAKE A BUNDLE OF PROMISES….AND REPEAT THEM ENDLESSLY !



  • luigi vercotti

    Banana Republis Lives!
    OK Lula/Brasil Cool Aid Drinkers:

    Headlines from this site:

    1) SAO PAULO HOMELESS UP 60% IN A DECADE – Nice work Lula.

    Security from Brasilians…. But go ahead and spend billions on stadiums, Lula.

    That money would help poor Brasilians. Exactly what does Brasil need such military spending to protect against? If they have a problem Brasil can just call Washington, like everyone else; EU, for example..

    More brilliant governmental planning from Brasilia. The country is energy independent and wants 4 new nuke plants. Sounds like Lula learned something in Iran.

    5) AFTER AMERICA RECALL BRAZIL HALTS PROCESSED MEAT EXPORT TO US – So they can figure out why the US doesn’t like polluted meats. See this other article on Brazz Mag:

    6) BANNED IN THE US AND EU, ASBESTOS AND AGROTOXICS ARE WELCOMED IN BRAZIL – Brilliant, but Brazil products will therefore not be welcome elsewhere (except in Brazil..). Smart!

    7) BRASIL’S BOLSA FAMILIA IN NORTHEAST CAN’T TAKE PEOPLE OUT OF MISERY – Sorry kids, that money went to nuke plants which will never work and military spending to defend the country against nothing.

    Yup. The country of the future……

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