Low-Income Families Face Evictions in Italy

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27 Oct 2012 08:00

Vulnerable families in Milan, Italy, have become victims of extensive eviction in the city. A cut in government housing subsidies in 2012, combined with widespread unemployment and a high cost of living have contributed to the more than 67,790 evictions last year and estimated 300,000 more families at risk in 2013. A photojournalist followed several families through their unique eviction journeys, from their homes to the streets, foster homes or hotels. Often, illegal immigrants are particularly suseptible to evictions, as landlords raise their rents because they know that they are unable to report them to authorities.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
italy, milan
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

A building in Milan where six notices of eviction were given to the families residing there. In 2013, 250,000 families are at risk of being evicted in Italy. This is an average of 140 evictions a day. Milan, Italy, July, 2013.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
25 Jul 2013

The stairway of a block of flats completely occupied by migrants. The two-room flats are crumbling down to pieces and still the renting fees are beyond the financial capabilities of the families. Milan, Italy, July, 2013.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
25 Jul 2013

Kumara and Mary Serasinghe used to live in a 40 square-meter two-bedroom apartment for 600 euros per month. After the eviction, the municipality social service relocated Mary and her son Nathaka to a foster home. They are now searching for a place to live. Milan, Italy, July, 2013.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
25 Jul 2013

People protest against the slow bureaucracy of the government administration in Milan. 5,000 housing flats in Milan have been built, but they have not been given to any of the families on the waiting list because the apartments are not up to code. Milan, Italy, July, 2013.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The Mauhay family, including Arnold, Mardy and their children Adrian, Alessa and Angel, were living in a house in the north of Milan. The building was very badly maintained. The stairways had no lights and their was dangerous electric wiring. After their eviction, they are now living in a hotel with the support of the municipality. This is the Mahuay brothers inside the hotel. Milan, Italy, July, 2013.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
25 Jul 2013

Peppe, 53, is at the train station waiting for the one that will take him back to his hometown of Naples. He has been unable to find a job after losing his previous one after being evicted in January. Milan, Italy, July, 2013.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
25 Jul 2013

Ayman and Abir have four young sons, Maram, Mariam, Mohammed and Samer. Ayman works for a cleaning service company but this year his salary decreased and he cannot afford to pay rent anymore. The residents committee on their block organized a sit-in and their eviction was postponed.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
25 Jul 2013

Letizia was evicted from her house in January 2012. She also has a 15-year old daughter. While she waits to receive public housing, she is hosted by a local association in a studio flat.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
25 Jul 2013

Alessa Mauhay is inside her house during the family's eviction.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
25 Jul 2013

After being evicted, Maria obtained a bed in one of the emergency centers of the city.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
25 Jul 2013

Pina Cortese, 28, is a shop assistant in a store in the center of Milan. She is currently living with her unemployed partner, paying a rent of 600 euros per month. They were helped to temporarily avoid the eviction, thanks to a sit-in made by a neighborhood committee.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
26 Jul 2013

The Mauhay family says goodbye to their home after being evicted. Milan, Italy, July, 2013.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
25 Jul 2013

Mariam Al Badaui and Samir in their kitchen. The Al Badaui family used to pay a monthly rent of 600 euros for 40 square meters.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
25 Jul 2013

Pina Platania lives in a first floor apartment of a condominium without an elevator. She is disabled and her house is under eviction.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
25 Jul 2013

The interior of a home whose residents are to be evicted in Padova, a multi-ethnic neighborhood of the city.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The Serasinghe family in the metro station after being evicted.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Kumara and Nathaka Serasinghe wait as an official hands them eviction documents.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The municipality pays for a hotel accommodation only when the evicted families ask for an emergency procedure. If their request is judged positively, then they receive a temporary accommodation.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Arnold Mauhay speaks with a public official and finds out that the municipal committee has accepted his application for public housing.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
25 Jul 2013

Arnold and his wife Mardy used to live in a two-bedroom apartment with their sons Adrian, Alessa, and daughter Angel Mauhay. The rent was 550 euros per month. After being evicted, the Mauhay family is waiting for a public house.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
25 Jul 2013

Kumara Serasinghe sleeps in this car since he has been evicted. He came from Sri Lanka with his wife Mary eight years ago, and they have been living in Italy ever since. They are, together with many other people, victims of irregular renting contracts. As they are undocumented migrants, it is impossible for them to register without permits for a housing contract. When they asked the landlord to give them a proper lease, he increased the rent. Soon after, they were evicted because of their inability to pay.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
25 Jul 2013

A popular neighborhood in Milan. ÔÇťAgainst the crisis there is the real minute by Wind," says the ad of a telephone company.