This is an ongoing project about social movements fighting for decent housing in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The squatters occupy vacant buildings downtown and empty lands on the outskirts of the city.

The project started in 2014 and tries to take a closer look at the people who integrates the movement, giving them visibility. Many lived in favelas, some paid expensive rents in poor houses and others yet lived with relatives.

The occupations put in conflict two basic juridical principles: the right to adequate housing versus the right of ownership, and in general are resolved over years of legal disputes.

Although Brazil is among the ten largest economies in the world, it remains a very unequal country. This inequality is expressed in a housing deficit of around 6 million units, despite all the efforts of the federal government in social programs.

The issue came back to the discussion because the fall of Dilma Roussef's Government has put at risk many of those social achievements in Brazil.

The leaders promise to intensify the struggle.



Ivaneti Araujo, known as Neti, is the leader of the movement that occupies the Prestes Maia building and Mauá building, downtown Sao Paulo. ​

Ivaneti Araujo, known as Neti, is the leader of the movement that occupies the Prestes Maia building and Mauá building, downtown Sao Paulo.

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Squatters try to break into locked building downtown Sao Paulo.

Squatters try to break into locked building downtown Sao Paulo.

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Manifestation against police violence and housing rights in front of the Human Rights and Citizenship Department from the Municipality of Sao Paulo.

Manifestation against police violence and housing rights in front of the Human Rights and Citizenship Department from the Municipality of Sao Paulo.

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Police forces disperse a group that was trying to break into an unoccupied building in the middle of the night. Sao Paulo, downtown.

Police forces disperse a group that was trying to break into an unoccupied building in the middle of the night. Sao Paulo, downtown.

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Man punching a bag at Cambridge Hotel occupation, downtown Sao Paulo.

Punching bag at Cambridge Hotel occupation, downtown Sao Paulo.

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Children at the Prestes Maia occupation. There are about 400 families living there.
Children at the Prestes Maia occupation. There are about 400 families living there.
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Vila Nova Palestina, the biggest urban land occupation in Brazil.​

Vila Nova Palestina, the biggest urban land occupation in Brazil.

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Soraia dos Santos, from Bahia, one of the occupant of the Prestes Maia building. She lives with her 10 years old daughter, Amanda.

Soraia dos Santos, from Bahia, one of the occupant of the Prestes Maia building. She lives with her 10 years old daughter, Amanda.

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Edson Pielechovski dos Santos, have a room at Rio Branco occupation.

Edson Pielechovski dos Santos, have a room at Rio Branco occupation.

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The boy Richarlyson Simões Martins, 7 years old, plays 'Monopoly', at Vila Nova Palestina, periphery of Sao Paulo.

The boy Richarlyson Simões Martins, 7 years old, plays 'Monopoly', at Vila Nova Palestina, periphery of Sao Paulo.

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View of the city center from the Rio Branco occupation, downtown Sao Paulo.

View of the city center from the Rio Branco occupation, downtown Sao Paulo.

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Luana Rodrigues de Souza, in a collective bathroom at Prestes Maia building.

Luana Rodrigues de Souza, in a collective bathroom at Prestes Maia building.

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Empty room of an occupied building, downtown Sao Paulo.

Empty room of an occupied building, downtown Sao Paulo.

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A Congolese evangelical worship at Marrocos occupation, downtown Sao Paulo.

A Congolese evangelical worship at Marrocos occupation, downtown Sao Paulo.

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Richard Torres, peruvian immigrant, will make another tatoo inside Marrocos occupation, downtown Sao Paulo.

Richard Torres, peruvian immigrant, will make another tatoo inside Marrocos occupation, downtown Sao Paulo.

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Maria do Carmo and her daughter Natalia Duarte in their tent at Vila Nova Palestina, periphery of Sao Paulo.

Maria do Carmo and her daughter Natalia Duarte in their tent at Vila Nova Palestina, periphery of Sao Paulo.

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A mother and her baby, born at the Marrocos occupation, downtown Sao Paulo.

A mother and her baby, born at the Marrocos occupation, downtown Sao Paulo.

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A beautiful bedspread over a mud floor, Vila Nova Palestina, outskirts of Sao Paulo.
A beautiful bedspread over a mud floor, Vila Nova Palestina, outskirts of Sao Paulo.


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Boys playing inside Mauá building, downtown Sao Paulo.​

Boys playing inside Mauá building, downtown Sao Paulo.

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Inside view of Mauá building, downtown Sao Paulo. ​

Inside view of Mauá building, downtown Sao Paulo.

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The Prestes Maia building, downtown Sao Paulo.​

The Prestes Maia building, downtown Sao Paulo.

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