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Lula restores popular housing scheme abandoned by Bolsonaro

This content was published on February 14, 2023 – 10:10 PM February 14, 2023 – 10:10 PM

Brasilia, 14 February (EFE).- Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Tuesday ushered in a law reinstating a popular housing plan begun in 2009 but abandoned by Jair Bolsonaro’s government in recent years ( 2019-2022 ).

At the ceremony in Santo Amaro, Bahia state (northeast), 684 homes were dedicated and another 2,016 were dedicated simultaneously and via videoconference in eight inland communities.

“We have returned to govern with the expectation that the lives of Brazilians can be improved,” said Lula, who reiterated that his wish is for “people to return to have breakfast, lunch and dinner.” to eat, work, study and live in a country of your own”.

The My House, My Life program was created in 2009 during Lula’s second term in office, but in 2019, following the election victory of far-right Bolsonaro, it stopped serving the poorest families as it originally did and began benefiting the poorest families the lower middle class.

Now the progressive government has regained the original idea of ​​a plan that focuses on families earning less than 2 minimum wages (about $530), and housing is 80% subsidized by public banks.

This section of society had been excluded by Bolsonaro, who renamed the plan devised by Lula the Green and Yellow House, after the colors of the Brazilian flag, to reinforce the “patriotism” he was trying to spread during his tenure.

According to the government, the houses delivered this Tuesday were almost complete in 2019, but work was abandoned and eventually completed in the last month and a half that Lula was in power.

With the resumption of this program, around 2 million homes are expected to be built over the four years of the progressive leader’s government, with an investment not yet specified.

However, that would not solve the housing deficit, which is estimated at almost 6 million and includes both homeless families and people living in what are considered precarious housing. EFE


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