Axes of Action
Rede Rua is a non-profit civil society organisation, that has been active in São Paulo since 1991. Our mission is to contribute towards the construction of a network of relationships, with the intention of promoting the retrieval of rights to decent living for the homeless population.
Human Development: we aim to provide social assistance to the excluded and are looking for alternative solutions to the problems of subsistence, housing, work and the right of defence. We want to sensitise society to these problems, easing exchange with other organisations that have the same goals and act to promote activities of social and public importance.
Communication, Education and Culture: We strive to document and construct a history of the struggles of excluded groups and their organisations. We combine forces and expand diffusion and denunciation with other organisations. We collaborate in the organisation of cultural and educational events and projects. We produce and incentivise the creation of vehicles of communication in accordance with legal requirements, and the requirements of the excluded groups.
Social Coordination: We strive to combine and contribute in the organisation and coordination of excluded groups. We carry out and participe in events to promote and reflect on public policies that contribute towards the advancement of citizenship and social inclusion.
In 1989, Arlindo Dias (SVD), Lenir Albuquerque and Alderon Costa proposed the creation of a service that would attend to the homeless population, and in effect created a Centre for the Documentation and Communication of Marginalised People (CDCM), which was initially located in the church tower at Bom Jesus do Brás.
In 1990, Rede Rua signed its first agreement with the Municipal Government of São Paulo (PMSP), with the purpose of being loaned the legal entity of the Parque Fernanda Social Centre.
In 1998 the CDCM was revised and certain projects were broken down. From this moment on, the civil entity with the name Associação Rede Rua started to emerge, which focussed primarily, at this time, on communication and consulting. The idea of a network also started to arise, however, to evoke the work of small groups, interconnected in some way, in search of a different society.
The first project that was developed by Rede Rua was the newspaper O Trecheiro – Notícias do Povo da Rua. The newspaper sought to play its part in condemning the innumerable situations of exclusion and violence experienced by homeless people. As an instrument in favour of this population and recognised by them.
Rede Rua also continues to provide services of social assistance at the Penaforte cafeteria, which offers roughly 500 meals a day, the reception centre for adults Pousada da Esperança, which welcomes 150 people a day, and provides overnight accommodation, as well as breakfast and dinner, and the Chapelaria Social, which offers 80 spaces for storing personal property, while also acting as a social space, where various collective activities take place, as well as workshops aimed at generating income for homeless people, while also serving as a fixed address so that they can receive mail.