• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil’s Housing Deficit Is 7 Million. Still 5 Million Residences Are Empty.

Brazil has an urban housing deficit of around 7 million residences; at the same time there are 5 million residences that are not being used or occupied, mainly in the large urban centers.

Representatives of civil society, the federal government, and the Rio de Janeiro state and municipal governments are discussing ways to correct this situation at the Seminar on Housing and the Rehabilitation of Urban Centers.

The national secretary of Urban Programs in the Ministry of Cities, Raquel Rolnik, criticized the disparity between housing construction and the country’s housing needs.

"All everybody talks abut is the deficit, while the problem is that there are also excess residences. The disparity between housing construction and the country’s housing needs is so great that we have reached the point of absurdity in which there are around 5 million residences that are closed," she said.

She referred to the fact that São Paulo already has a municipal social rental policy using existing buildings that were vacant. The municipality rents the building, moves in low-income families chosen through a public selection process, and covers the difference in the amount of rent owed.

"It is a win-win policy. Because the owner gains by being able to rent the property, and the family gains by obtaining a place to live. What must be defended is the right to housing, not the right to property.

"Everybody must have the right to housing, not to property – the right is to decent housing, not necessarily one’s own residence," she believes.

The seminar, which runs through Friday, July 7, is being held at the headquarters of the Brazilian Architects’ Institute.

ABr

Tags:

  • Show Comments (1)

  • Guest

    Just a thought
    .interesting concept… perhaps you could invite your illegals scattered around the world to come home and have a place to live..

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazilian Papaya Shampoo a Hit Among Arab Kids

Brazilian cosmetics company Nazca, apart from having won the Arab women with products for ...

Arabic Becomes Hip in Brazil

There is an increasing interest from the Brazilians to learn the Arab language in ...

Mercedes-Benz Invests Close to US$ 1 Billion in Brazil

Bus body maker Mercedes-Benz is going to invest 1.5 billion Brazilian reais (US$ 928.9 ...

Brazilian Experts Discuss Tourism as Jobs Generator and Poverty Reducer

Specialists attending the second Brazilian videoconference on Improving Regional Tourism Development Programs with the ...

Brazil Says It Didn’t Get All It Wanted in Honduras, But It Was Still Helpful

Brazil's Foreign minister, Celso Amorim, said this Monday, December 7, that while Zelaya has ...

Brazil Sends 3 Ministers, Pelí© and Paulo Coelho to Davos

The World Economic Forum got started today in Davos, Switzerland. The theme of this ...

Cabo Branco beach in João Pessoa, Brazil

The More I Hear About the US the More I Want to Move to Brazil

It is no secret that I am one American thrilled with Brazil and especially ...

Brazil Calls IMF’s Report on Country’s Economy Wrong and Stupid

For Brazil’s Finance minister Guido Mantega the International Monetary Fund’s assessment that Brazil’s fiscal ...

Brazil’s New Seleçí£o Coach Is a Champion Who Never Coached

Dunga, 42, the captain of the Brazilian National Football Team in the 1994 and ...

Top Military Leader in Brazil Warns New Defense Minister Against Left-Wing Actions

Brazilian Augusto Heleno,  a retired general and former commander of UN forces in Haiti ...