The Brazilian government will today relaunch My House, My Life, a program created in 2009 by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva with the aim of facilitating the provision of housing to families in need. Lula will announce the reactivation of the plan in the municipality of Santo Amaro, Recôncavo Baiano region, state of Bahia (Northeast). Two groups of houses with a total of 684 apartments will be delivered in the city.
Such residential units in the village were initially commissioned in 2013 and were almost finished.
However, they were abandoned for a few years and had to be reformed.
The program includes the possibility of social leasing, the purchase of used city housing and options for families living on the streets.
A total of 2.7 thousand housing units will be delivered simultaneously in nine municipalities in six states.
Civil House Minister Rui Costa attended Saturday’s inspection of the plan’s properties, which will be delivered by Lula.
“Here in Santo Amaro we are pursuing this strategy in order to be able to finish the work quickly and to be able to deliver the houses to the population soon. We will do the same in cities across the country. Therefore, we avoid the bureaucracy of having to hire another company to carry out the necessary repairs,” said Costa.
According to Portfolio, the rapid renovation of abandoned properties was the result of an agreement signed between the federal government and the state of Bahia that the executive branch wants to replicate elsewhere.
My House, My Life was founded during Lula’s second government with the aim of reducing the country’s housing deficit.
In 10 years, 5.5 million housing units have been contracted and nearly four million delivered.
Dismantled after the parliamentary judicial coup against former President Dilma Rousseff in 2016, and even more so during the tenure of defeated President Jair Bolsonaro, the initiative had 1.6 million unfinished homes still under contract from the previous government and in rural ones Deliver areas about 27,000.
At least 281,472 Brazilians are currently roofless (homeless) in the South American giant, a number that represents a 38 percent increase from 2019, the pre-Covid-19 pandemic period.
The Institute for Applied Economic Research estimates the jump was 211 percent in a decade since there were 90,480 homeless in 2012.
(With information from Prensa Latina)