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Pandemic drives São Paulo families to the streets, changes homeless population’s profile

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - GDP growth is uneven and is leaving the most vulnerable behind, affected by rising unemployment. São Paulo's homeless population, composed mainly of single men, has seen a growing presence of couples, single women and children.

São Paulo is experiencing a contradiction. In the wealthiest Brazilian city, capital of the richest state in the country, over 20,000 people live on the streets. The crisis became more pronounced during the coronavirus pandemic and has been driving whole families into the streets.

Such is evidenced by couple Maxwell Oliveira, 36, and Verônica Aparecida Medeiros . . .

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