Consequences of Corona: The Skyrocketing Homeless Population of São Paulo






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Tiago Ferreira de Almeira lost his job in a chocolate factory due to the crisis sparked by the coronavirus.



Tiago Ferreira de Almeira lost his job in a chocolate factory due to the crisis sparked by the coronavirus.


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Tents set up by homeless people at entrance to the Faculty of Law in the center of São Paulo



Tents set up by homeless people at entrance to the Faculty of Law in the center of São Paulo


Foto: Rogério Vieira / DER SPIEGEL

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Volunteers distributing food to those in need



Volunteers distributing food to those in need


Foto: Rogério Vieira / DER SPIEGEL





Single mothers Caroline Francisco and Luciana Batista are both homeless.



Single mothers Caroline Francisco and Luciana Batista are both homeless.


Foto: Rogério Vieira / DER SPIEGEL





Tens of thousands of people are living on the streets of São Paulo, the largest and economically most powerful city in South America.



Tens of thousands of people are living on the streets of São Paulo, the largest and economically most powerful city in South America.


Foto: Rogério Vieira / DER SPIEGEL





Elvira Ferreira da Silva keeps her tent clean and neat.



Elvira Ferreira da Silva keeps her tent clean and neat.


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Rogério Vieira / DER SPIEGEL






The number of people waiting for food at soup kitchens has tripled in some instances.



The number of people waiting for food at soup kitchens has tripled in some instances.


Foto: Rogério Vieira / DER SPIEGEL





Father Lancellotti frequently receives threats on social media or is verbally abused in public because of the support he provides the homeless: "It's the hatred people have for the poor," he says.



Father Lancellotti frequently receives threats on social media or is verbally abused in public because of the support he provides the homeless: “It’s the hatred people have for the poor,” he says.


Foto: Rogério Vieira / DER SPIEGEL





Homeless people in the center of São Paulo, near the Metropolitan Cathedral



Homeless people in the center of São Paulo, near the Metropolitan Cathedral


Foto: Rogério Vieira / DER SPIEGEL





Life on the Streets of São Paulo


Foto: Rogério Vieira / DER SPIEGEL

Life on the Streets of São Paulo

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.





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