Affordable Housing Development in Brazil



This article comes from our friends at UrbaMonde.  Please visit their site by clicking here.

The project urbaBahia targets all low-income people who do not have sufficient means to maintain rent and do not have a home belonging to them (commonly known as “homeless” in Brazil) of Bahia, represented and articulated through the different social movements. The development and implementation of at least 20 neighborhood projects, over a period of 3 years, will benefit more than 3,000 families of 1 to 5 people, or about 10,000 people. To carry out this project, urbaMonde collaborates with UNIÃO as a stakeholder in Brazil, which is responsible for managing the budget, engaging the technical core and guaranteeing the traceability of investments; Humanitarian.

Phase 1:

  • Project-governance:
    • Constitution of a group of government interlocutors;
    • Constitution of a group of interlocutors of the movements of the roofless;
    • Development of the articulation between the different groups of interlocutors by the coordination of the UNIÃO por Moradia Popular Bahia (UNIÃO) accompanied by the representatives of the partner entities.
  • Technical project:
    • Establishment of a technical competence group with Brazilian professionals, a member of urbaMonde and a social scientist or social worker to develop neighborhood projects ‘Bahia solidaire’, with the possible collaboration of the Federal University of the Bahia (UFBA) of Salvador in the person of Angela Gordilho, professor of architecture;
    • Recognition of the urban territory of Salvador and other cities in Bahia, and awareness of construction possibilities Development of neighborhood projects by the technical group;
    • Approval of projects to obtain National Social Housing Funds of Social Interest (FNHIS) or other government programs for popular housing;
    • Creation of a clean fund to give continuity to the project (this on the principle of repayment of the project development phase by the FNHIS, which would then serve as the fund’s own working capital).

Phase 2 (2012-2014):

During 2012, the technical core in question was formed and repeatedly demonstrated its relevance in the local context. In a year, there are some four ongoing projects that have benefited from the expertise of the architect, engineer and administrator engaged: Cabula, Estrada Velha I, Santo Estevão and Pernambués. These projects for more than 800 families have therefore received the necessary technical assistance to ensure that they run smoothly and obtain approval that has been expected for years. For example, Estrada Velha is one of the first neighborhoods projected in 2004 by UNIÃO.

In addition, the core has worked on three new projects, whose planning is yet to be completed: Estrada Velha II, Itabuna, and Sussuarana. These new sites will eventually accommodate more than 700 families.

The year 2012 saw the arrival of the first happy event highly anticipated by the urban social movement: the handing over of the keys of the first district built by UNIÃO Bahia in Feira de Santana as part of the program “Minha Casa, Minha Vida “. Some 300 families received their keys with great fanfare.

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