Living with strangers, parents and ex-husbands: 12 portraits of the housing crisis | reporting

They live with friends, sometimes with strangers. They return to their parents’ house or are unable to leave the one they share with former partners. They have a house, but live under the constant threat of eviction. Or they let themselves be, resigned to houses they don’t like in areas they wouldn’t choose if they had a choice. This is the portrait of the housing crisis in Portugal, a reality that has lasted for several years, but which has been drastically worsening and which has already led the Government to react with a legislative package which, among other measures, provides for an intervention state in the private market. While the answers do not reach the ground, there are more and more cases like those of the 12 people who tell PÚBLICO what it’s like not having enough money for a decent home.

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