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Latino Daily News

Friday December 10, 2010

Brazil to Invest $150 Million to Improve Living Conditions in Favelas

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second biggest city, will get a $150 million loan financing to improve living conditions in low-income neighborhoods, known as favelas.

The country’s plan is to improve water and sewerage services, drainage systems, road surfacing, street lighting, the provision of green areas, sports fields, and recreational areas, and the construction and equipping of social service centers. The program will target 30 favelas and six unregulated settlements and it is expected to benefit 100,000 people.

The project will support social programs to reduce violence, drug use and improve job prospects, particularly for the most vulnerable families and young people. The project will support the regularization and control of urban development in the favelas.

The project will also support the implementation of a pilot project on citizen security, whose goal is to promote actions that reduce factors associated with violence and improve security conditions for community residents. The pilot project will eliminate dark and isolated areas, open public squares; promote campaigns to discourage drug use and domestic violence; as well as introduce community guards and activities to set up community networks.

The expected results of the project include:

  * Regularization of 18,000 domiciles and issuance of 3,000 property titles
  * Creation of 28 new child development centers serving as many as 3,360 children of up to six years of age
  * Construction and equipping of two fixed-site Social Welfare Referral Centers and 10mobile ones, that will provide social services to families living in vulnerable situations and provide access to municipal and federal assistance programs
  * Implementation of five new centers that will provide social services for as many as 2,500 at-risks youths of 17 to 25 years of age