Low salaries and expensive rents have triggered an accommodation crisis in Portugal. And the situation is getting worse. In Portugal, mileurists are legion and due to inflation, rents continue to rise.
Low salaries and expensive rents. In Portugal, many working families survive in tents. With a salary of 1000 euros and paying 600 euros for a room, the accounts do not add up. Rising housing prices have cruel consequences. Daniela has lost custody of her children.
Daniela has lost custody of her children
“Yes, I have two children. We looked for help, but when we asked for help they found out that we were living in shelters and they told us that we had three weeks to look for a house, but we didn’t get one.” “Over time, they took custody of our children away from us. At least until the situation at home is resolved, and I can only see them once a week,” explains Daniela.
“I paid 400 euros in rent and earned about 800, half of which went to rent. Then you have to add 40 for transportation, 150 for shopping… There is no way to live like that,” says Andreia Costa, who also lives in a tent.
The situation is getting worse due to inflation
And the situation is getting worse. In Portugal, mileurists are legion and due to inflation, rents continue to rise. Associations for housing low-income workers ask the government to find solutions.
Additional sources • Escarlata Sánchez (Text and voice in Spanish)