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MSTC

City Center Homeless People's Movement, São Paulo in collaboration with Escola da Cidade and O Grupo Inteiro

Photo: Christian Braga
Founded on the belief that workers must have access to housing, Movimento Sem Teto do Centro (MSTC) fights on behalf of families experiencing homelessness. Led by Carmen Silva—an activist, immigrant, and mother who has herself experienced homelessness—the organization promotes debate and activism around structural failures of urban planning and housing policies, helping citizens gain access to affordable homes. Through MSTC’s actions, over dozen previously abandoned or unoccupied buildings in São Paulo are now inhabited by people in need. MSTC partners with architects, artists, independent media groups, universities, and cultural and recreational institutions to integrate the population it serves into the cultural and civic fabric of São Paulo. Its partners include O Grupo Inteiro, an interdisciplinary collective that combines architecture, graphic design, and curating, and Associação Escola da Cidade, a teachers-run design school located in downtown São Paulo that offers undergraduate degrees in architecture and urbanism.

Established 2000, São Paulo, Brazil 
Established 2014, São Paulo, Brazil 
Established 1996, São Paulo, Brazil
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