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Lisbon Chamber finds “alternative” for family reported by Habita! to the UN

The Lisbon Chamber already has a housing solution for an evicted family. The United Nations had requested the suspension of the vacancy of a house, after a complaint from Habita!

The Lisbon Chamber said Tuesday that it had found “alternative housing” for the family in relation to which the United Nations (UN) requested the suspension of the vacancy of a house, after a complaint by Habit!.

The case was denounced by the association for the right to housing on December 20 of last year: a “very low-income” family, made up of a mother and a minor daughter, had been “evicted during the pandemic” of Covid-19.

Given the “absence of housing alternatives and having made various requests for help to social services, he ended up occupy a house in the municipal public parkthat it was abandoned”, reported Habit!, which, on November 28, filed a complaint against the Portuguese State, before the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in it sense of suspending the vacancydecided by the municipality of the capital.

In a response dated December 16, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights responded favorably to Habita’s request!in order to impose a precautionary measure, and requested the Portuguese State “measures to avoid possible irreparable damage while the process is being studied”, specifically “the suspension of the eviction”.

In the clarification sent this Tuesday to Lusa, the Lisbon City Council reports that “the family representative presented, at the end of 2022, an application for the Supported Leasing Programand that, as a result of that candidacy, “he was assigned a house in the parish of Santa Clara.”

The municipality also adds that the house “is being rehabilitated”, and it is expected that “the works will be completed during the month of March”.

The Supported Leasing Program of the Lisbon City Council aims to families with limited resources and in a situation of housing and socioeconomic deprivation.

The purple! has been denouncing the evictions carried out by the Lisbon City Council and by the Institute of Housing and Urban Rehabilitation “with a total violation of fundamental rights, without any housing alternative, without a case-by-case analysis of the situation of each family and their conditions, and without monitoring the children who are part of these families.”

Source: Observadora

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