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MANAUS – In an attempt to clear itself about the case of relatives of the mayor of Manaus, David Almeida (Avante), contemplated with apartments, the City Hall of the capital said in a statement on Wednesday, 18, that the selection process of candidates for housing was initiated in late 2020, but confirmed that the draw of the Caixa Econômica Federal occurred this year, on July 12, in the current management of the Municipal Executive.

With salaries up to R$ 4 thousand in commissioned positions in Manaus City Hall, among the people contemplated by the raffle, are the aunts of the student Fernanda Aryel Almeida, daughter of the mayor of the city, according to data obtained by CENARIUM reporting on the Transparency Portal. Besides them, Aryel’s cousin also received an apartment in the Residencial Manauara II, in the North Zone, despite the program being intended for families with income up to R$ 2 thousand, according to the Caixa Econômica website. The CENARIUM story – which revealed the mayor’s connection to beneficiaries in a housing program – became one of the most talked about subjects on Twitter in Amazonas.

“The raffle was held on July 12, with live broadcast via Facebook, made by the Caixa Econômica Federal team. Caixa is also responsible exclusively for the selection process of candidates able to participate in the raffle, not having the Manaus City Hall any interference or involvement in the procedure, which always had its acts disclosed in a transparent manner,” says the City Hall, in a statement.

Despite this, municipal administration stated that the raffle was attended by representatives of the Municipal Executive, the vice-presidency of Housing and Land Regularization (Vpreshaf), the supervisor of Caixa Centralizadora, Luís Gustavo de Almeida Herbas, and the manager of Manaus Branch, Evandro Lessa Voloski.

The apartments are part of a partnership between the city hall and the federal government and were delivered on Wednesday, 18, by the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro, an ally of the mayor, in an event in which the press could not ask questions to Bolsonaro.

Profiles

According to the Manaus City Hall, families whose profiles were selected suitable by Caixa Econômica, were part of the database of the Municipal Executive, by the municipal housing register, and it is the banking institution that makes the selection of the group of families suitable, in this case 684 families, by meeting the most federal criteria.

“The bank is responsible for the bank financing of the properties. The reserve registry has 30% of the total number of units, but because the selection has a larger number of candidates, it has today 184 people. The criteria are federal, reinforcing, established by the Ministry of Cities, with specific and consolidated legislation, with prioritizing, conditions and procedures, including additional criteria,” says an excerpt from the note.

Criteria

Among the criteria, the city hall points out, are family income compatible with the modality (in this case, group 1, family income up to R$ 1,800); families with women responsible for the family unit, proven by self-declaration; families that are part of People with Disabilities (PcDs).

In addition to these criteria, there are families living in at-risk or unhealthy areas, or who have lost their homes due to flooding, inundation, overflowing, or any other natural disaster of this type, who are homeless, as proven by a declaration of the public entity, as well as elderly people who are entitled to the housing benefit.

Blocks

According to the city hall, on the 12th, the 500 apartments were distributed in four drawing blocks, to include people with disabilities and the elderly, who occupy, in this case, the second floor, due to limitations. According to the note, the raffle is also monitored by the federal government’s Ministry of Regional Development (MDR).

“The first block included 17 People with Disabilities (PcDs); the second with 15 special seniors (of legal age); the third having 68 seniors and PcDs; and the fourth with 400 candidates from the general group. The first three categories will occupy the one hundred ground floor housing units and the others the units from the 2nd to the 5th floor,” explained the city hall.

Check out the city hall’s note:

"The selection process of candidates for social interest housing for the Manaus City Hall was initiated in late 2020, following the criteria of federal ordinance No. 163/2016, which established the National System of Housing Registration (SNCH) and approved the Manual of Instructions for the Selection of Beneficiaries of the National Urban Housing Program (PNHU), under the My House, My Life Program (PMCMV), currently replaced by the Green and Yellow House.

The families whose profiles were selected as suitable by the Caixa Econômica were part of the city hall's database, through the municipal housing registry, inserted in the SNCH. Within this registry, based on socioeconomic parameters and financial analysis, including crossing information by CPF, Cadastro Único (Single Registry) and other social programs, made by Caixa, it is the banking institution that selects the group of suitable families, in this case 684 families, for meeting the largest number of federal criteria. The bank is responsible for the bank financing of the properties. The reserve registry has 30% of the total number of units, but because the selection has a larger number of candidates, it has 184 people today.

The criteria are federal, reinforcing, established by the Ministry of Cities, with specific and consolidated legislation, with prioritization, conditions and procedures, including additional criteria (see below). The main criteria are: family income compatible with the modality (in the case, band 1, family income up to R$ 1. 800); families with women in charge of the family unit, proven by self-declaration; families that include people with disabilities (PcDs); and families living in risky or unhealthy areas, or who have lost their homes due to flooding, inundation, overflowing, or any other natural disaster of this kind, homeless, proven by declaration of the public entity, in addition to elderly people in the condition of holders of the housing benefit.

The criteria in Ordinance No. 163/2016 are used to provide greater transparency and the possibility for citizens to access the procedures for drawing lots for the program's beneficiaries. The waiting list also follows criteria of the federal ordinance n° 163/2016, which instituted the SNCH.

The draw was held on July 12, with live broadcast via Facebook, made by the Caixa Econômica Federal team. Caixa is also solely responsible for the selection process of candidates able to participate in the draw, and the Manaus City Hall has no interference or intervention in the procedure, which has always had its acts disclosed in a transparent manner.

The draw is also accompanied by the Ministry of Regional Development (MDR), which represents the Federal Government. On the 12th, the 500 apartments were distributed in four drawing blocks, to include people with disabilities and the elderly, who occupy, in this case, the second floor, due to limitations.

The first block included 17 People with Disabilities (PcDs); the second with 15 special seniors (of legal age); the third with 68 seniors and PcDs; and the fourth with 400 applicants from the general group. The first three categories will occupy the one hundred ground floor housing units, and the others will occupy the units from the 2nd to the 5th floor. The draw had the participation of representatives from the Manaus City Hall, the Vice-Presidency of Housing and Land Regularization (Vpreshaf), Caixa Centralizadora supervisor, Luís Gustavo de Almeida Herbas, and the Manaus Branch manager, Evandro Lessa Voloski.

Additional criteria

-families that live or work at most a certain kilometer away from the center of the development, proven with proof of residence;

-families who have lived in the town for at least "x" years, proven with proof of residence;

-Families benefited by Bolsa Família or Benefício de Prestação Continuada (BPC) in the scope of the Social Assistance Policy, proven by declaration of the public entity;

-families living on the streets who receive social assistance from the Federal District, states and municipalities, or from private non-profit institutions certified as charitable organizations for social assistance (Cebas) that work in partnership with the government, as evidenced by a statement from the public entity or institution;

-families with children under the age of eighteen (18), evidenced by a parenting document;

-single-parent families (consisting only of the mother, only the father or only one legal guardian for children and adolescents), evidenced by a parentage document and an official document that proves custody;

-families that include elderly people, proven by an official document that proves the date of birth;

-families that include a person(s) with a chronic illness that makes him/her unable to work, proven by a medical report;

-involuntary cohabiting families, proven by the candidate's self-declaration;

-families with an excessive burden of rent, proven by receipt or rental contract and income declaration;

-families registered in the housing registry for more than "x" years, since after July 2009, regardless of the dates of updating the registry, proven by protocol or similar;

-families receiving "social rent", proven by the public entity;

-families that include a person under a protective measure foreseen in law 11.340/2006 (Maria da Penha law), proven by a copy of the initial petition from the Public Ministry that formalizes the criminal action;

others, to be submitted previously to the approval of the National Secretary of Housing".