Homelessness And Lack Of Housing Stock Challenge Bolsonaro Administration

Without clear proposals for the area, president-elect speaks of typifying invasions as terrorism

Marina Estarque
São Paulo

The president-elect's administration will face a growing housing shortage worsened by the economic crisis, as well as an expansion of the street population and vacant building occupations in large cities.

By 2017, homelessness in the country has reached the highest level of the last ten years. The number of housing stock needed to meet the housing demand reached 7.77 million units. In 2007, it was 7.26 million.

The component that weighed most heavily on increasing the housing shortage was the excessive burden of rent -- when a family earns up to three minimum wages and spends more than 30 percent of it on rent. 

The number of units required to meet Brazil's housing demand reached 7.77 million; in 2007, it was 7.26 million

Despite the gravity of the situation, the Bolsonaro government plan has no clear proposals for the area. During the campaign, he recorded his commitment to keep the federal housing program Minha Casa Minha Vida and reduce its interest rates for low-income families. His government also plans to typecast as invasions of urban and rural properties.

"These people are desperate, with no access to housing. What he calls terrorism is only an expression of the housing shortage, "says urban planning professor Raquel Rolnik.

Translated by NATASHA MADOV
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