Government looks to legalize informal houses in favelas

Millions living in favelas have been unable to obtain the deeds to their homes. The government seeks to employ a failed Peruvian model to tackle this

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Rocinha, in Rio de Janeiro, is Brazil’s biggest favela. Photo: Donatas Dabravolskas/Shutterstock

A distinguishing characteristic of Brazilian cities are favelas, vast swathes of low-income and often precarious dwellings, built on occupied land. A result of labor migrations of rural populations to the city and the absence of adequate state housing policies, a significant portion of these homes are technically illegal, with rightful owners being unable to receive property deeds.

On Thursday, the federal government launched a program seeking to rectify the legal situations of occupied lands all over Brazil, including favelas. The administration’s pledge is for residents to receive deeds within a maximum of ten years.

Indeed, more than 11 million Brazilian...

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