Homeless population has increased by 31% during COVID-19

28 January 2022
2022-01-28 08:51

A new census in Brazil showed that the homeless population in the city of Sao Paulo has increased by 31% during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Authorities from Brazil's largest city registered at least 31,884 people living on the streets, a population bigger than many cities in the country. 

The census that would happen just in 2023 was anticipated because of the poverty escalation aggravated by the pandemic and the need to create projects for this population, the city hall said in a statement.

Luiz Carlos da Silva was one of those who became homeless during the pandemic said that since September last year, there are many people in the same situation with this unemployment in Brazil.

According to the Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics (IBGE), there were 13.5 million people unemployed in the country in the third trimester of 2021.

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