Housing

Public Shelters

There are no refugee camps in Brazil. Hence, if you arrive in the country and have no place to stay, you may look for a shelter (led by the public system or civil society). It is free to stay in those places.

Although there are some shelters that are specifically designed to receive asylum seekers and refugees, they have limited vacancies (as in São Paulo). Most shelter’s vacancies are open for both Brazilians and foreigners who are at a vulnerable situation. Shelters have diverse stay limits, ranging from one night only up to those where it is possible to stay for various months.

Go to the nearest Specialised Reference Centre of Social Assistance (CREAS) to find information about shelters (Monday to Friday, 08-18h) or contact UNHCR or one of its partners.


São Paulo

If you do not have a place to sleep, you can seek one of the Specialized Reference Center for Social Assistance (CREAS).

  • Centro
    • Bela Vista
      Address: Rua Santo Antonio, 800
      Phone: (11) 3129-9216 / 3129-9235

    • Address: Rua Bandeirantes, 55
      Phone: (11) 2383-4480 / 3311-0920 / 3396-3500
  • Norte
    • Vila Maria
      Address: Rua Soldado José Antônio Moreira, 546
      Phone: (11) 2201-5807 / 2949-6495
    • Santana
      Address: Rua Voluntários da Pátria, 4649
      Phone: (11) 4571-0293
    • Tremembé
      Address: Avenida Mário Pernambuco, 45
      Phone: (11) 2261-1314 / 2203-1443
    • Casa Verde
      Address: Rua Padre João Gualberto, 206
      Phone: (11) 2236-8392 / 2236-7002
    • Freguesia do Ó
      Address: Rua Parapuã, 160
      Phone: (11) 3978-2984 / 3977- 8925 / 5413-6419
    • Pirituba
      Address: Rua: Comendador Feiz Zarzur, 15
      Phone: (11) 3972-4171 / 3972-2855
    • Perus
      Address: Rua Gonçalves de Andrade, 369
      Phone: (11) 3917-6380/ 3911- 5211 3918-5410 e 3918-5008
  • Sul
    • Jabaquara
      Address: Rua dos Jornalistas, 48
      Phone: (11) 5012-8129 / 5016-1572
    • Ipiranga
      Address: Rua Taquarichim, 290
      Phone: (11) 2383-4528 / 2383-4529 / 2383 4527
    • Vila Mariana
      Address: Rua Madre Cabrini, 99
      Phone: (11) 5083-4632
    • Cidade Ademar
      Address: Rua Ranulfo Prata, 289
      Phone: (11) 5677-0341 / 5562-2874
    • Campo Limpo
      Address: Rua Landolfo de Andrade, 200
      Phone: (11) 5814-7483
    • Capela do Socorro
      Address: Av. Senador Teotônio Vilela, 2394
      Phone: (11) 5666-8940 / 5666-8494
    • Santo Amaro
      Address: Rua Padre José de Anchieta, 802
      Phone: (11) 5524-1305
    • M´Boi Mirim
      Address: Rua: Miguel Luiz Figueira, 16
      Phone: (11) 5891-3483/ 5891-3632
  • Leste
    • Sapopemba
      Address: Avenida Sapopemba, 6293
      Phone: (11) 2115-2738 2115-3313
    • Vila Prudente
      Address: Avenida Paes de Barros, 3345
      Phone: (11) 2219-2049 / 2219-1760
    • Mooca
      Address: Rua Síria, 300
      Phone: (11) 2225-1302 / 2225-1302
    • Penha
      Address: Rua Antonio Taborda, 37
      Phone: (11) 2023-0770
    • Aricanduva
      Address: Rua São Contancio, 457
      Phone: (11) 2268-1793 / 3246-8310 / 3246-8312
    • Itaim Paulista
      Address: Rua Celso Barbosa de Lima, 501/503
      Phone: (11) 2156-3814 / 2569-2797 / 2569-2802
    • São Mateus
      Address: Rua: Ângelo de Cândia, 964
      Phone: (11) 2012-6406 / 2012-5987 / 2012-6092
    • Guaianases
      Address: Rua Nabuco de Abreu, 06
      Phone: (11) 2554-7115
    • Itaquera
      Address: Av. Maria Luiza Americano, 1877
      Phone: (11) 2745-5900
    • Cidade Tiradentes
      Address: Avenida Nascer do Sol, 529
      Phone: (11) 2363 9876 / 2363 9886 / 2363 9875
    • Ermelino Matarazzo
      Address: Av. Boturussu, 1626
      Phone: (11) 2545-3211
    • São Miguel Paulista
      Address: Rua José Pereira Cardoso, 183
      Phone: (11) 2031-4459 / 2031 -5859
  • Oeste
    • Pinheiros
      Address: Rua Mourato Coelho, 104/106
      Phone: (11) 3063-0807/ 3085-2615
    • Butantã
      Address: Ministro Laudo Ferreira de Camargo, 230
      Phone: (11) 3743-2734

Rio de Janeiro

In Rio de Janeiro, you can contact the UNHCR partner organization for information on shelters.


Manaus

In Manaus, you can contact the UNHCR partner organization for information on shelters.

  • Pastoral do Migrante de Manaus

Curitiba

In Curitiba, you can contact the UNHCR partner organization for information on shelters.


Brasília

In Brasília, you can contact the UNHCR partner organization for information on shelters.


Rental

There are no limitations for asylum seekers or refugees to rent a house or an apartment in Brazil. Rent must be made through a rent agreement, in which all rights and duties of owners and tenants need to be included.

There are various real estates agencies that operate through the country. Nevertheless, a contract done directly with the owner is usually less expensive.

Note that rent agreements frequently determine one of those warranty forms:

  • Indication of a Guarantor: someone that commits to pay the rent in case you do not fulfill the payment
  • Lease insurance: you can hire an insurance company as your guarantor
  • Security deposit: it consists in offering the lessor an amount of money to be kept as a guarantee until the termination of the contract

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