Ozineide da Silva

"We signed the papers but they didn't give us any choice. I don't have anything that says this house here is mine"


Coming from
Rua Ipadu, 700 Rua Ipadu, 700

Now living in
rua adauto botelho, colônia rua adauto botelho, colônia

My name is Ozeneide Pereira da Silva, I’m 30, I’m a manicurist, I lived on Rua Ecuador, number 700.

[How long did you live there for?]

For 20 years. Actually, we first saw the rumour on the internet. That there was going to be a disappropriation, they were building a new line and we would have to leave. Until one day City Hall turned up to register us, taking photos of our house, the topography. They said we would have to leave, and they would compensate us. It was to be an apartment, or money, depending on the specific case, the size, things like that…

This took months, I knew I was going to have to leave, that I would actually leave in 2013. In 2014, in the middle of July, they started to come to our house. My documentation took longer to be certified in the bank, because it was already old and I’m not from Rio.

My certification had to come from there, a relative brought it here for me. So in August, the process of registration began and we started to receive things in 2015. I lived in my house with my three children, my gran, my mother, my sister with the four children which she had at the time. I live here with my children and my gran.

[Where did everyone else go?]

My sister hunted down a little corner, and my mother did too.

[They didn’t receive any compensation?]

No, because they just had one room. They only gave it to people with houses.

This is all I have, which is what it was on the day I did a visit here, on the 6th of November I came to see it all. And this dossier is just a copy. I signed it, I’m afraid, you know?

[Of what?]

Because by law, let’s suppose, by law this belongs to Minha Casa, Minha Vida, and our name goes off official records, everything looking pretty. The right thing in Minha Casa, Minha Vida, is that you pay for it, but here we don’t pay for anything. It was an exchange of keys, but by law, the bank is doing the right thing. Because CIty Hall, which had to pay, didn’t pay.

The letter was to the cost of 75,000, the last time I looked at the SPC [her credit rating], it was in the region of 69, something like that.

Ah, my house was really bad, because it was inside a warehouse. I didn’t have a house apart from that, I lived in the warehouse. So for me this was great, the only fear we have, is that the bank has put our names in the SPC, I don’t know…

It’s the fear that… I don’t know, if the government changes, from here for the next 10 years, a lot could change, we have signed here but they haven’t even given us a street. Nothing!

[Not even a provisional contract?]

Nothing, nothing. I don’t have anything here which says this is mine.


Reporter: Jessica Mota

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