The Federal Public Ministry (MPF) reiterated to the Federal Court a statement in favor of the social allocation of property belonging to the Vito Giannotti occupation, in the Santo Cristo neighborhood, in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Since 2017, the Regional Attorney’s Office for Citizens’ Rights in RJ has been working on the case to guarantee the constitutional right to housing for families who have already occupied the property for around seven years in a situation of vulnerability and uncertainty.
The MPF’s statement was presented after the publication, in the Official Gazette of the Union, of Ordinance No. 5,067, of September 4, 2023, of the Superintendency of the Union’s Heritage (SPU) in Rio de Janeiro, which declares the occupation property as of interest of the public service, for the purposes of providing housing of social interest, within the scope of the Minha Casa, Minha Vida – Entidades Program.
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The building belongs to the National Social Security Institute (INSS), which, in 2016, filed a repossession action to remove the occupants and retake the building for use by the municipality. However, the MPF managed to prove, during the judicial process, that the site was not operational for the INSS, which reinforced the arguments for allocating it to the residents of the occupation and, consequently, for the extinction of the repossession action in proceeding in Federal Court.
“It is worth reiterating that the current occupants of the property will be the beneficiaries of the public housing policy Minha Casa Minha Vida – Entidades”, highlighted the public prosecutor Julio José Araujo Junior, who signed the statement.
The prosecutor clarifies that any structuring and renovation measures at the site will be articulated in the future with the entity responsible for the project and the municipality, in the sense that the “possible momentary vacancy” to carry out such works occurs “through social rent, which is not is confused with any purpose of removal”.
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The building that houses the Vito Giannotti Occupation families had been abandoned by the INSS for 10 years without fulfilling a social function when it was occupied in 2016. Around 30 low-income families live in the property.
The name of the occupation is a tribute to the union activist and popular communicator Vito Giannotti, creator of the Núcleo Piratininga de Comunicação (NPC), Vito Giannotti. The journalist was one of the founders of Brasil de Fato, whose editorial board he was a member of until his death in July 2015.
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Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Jaqueline Deister