Aims and objectives: This presentation discusses how living place, kinship and integral health are inseparable among people of a poor peripheral locality in Manaus, capital of the State of Amazonas, Brazil. My main aim is to describe the dwelling acts whose principal arena is the house; how it is that the residents imbue that particular place with notions of relatedness; how the two become synonymous and are continuously developed in an ongoing process that will inevitably constitute the basis for security and a sense of physical and emotional well-being within the family group. Context and background literature: Various studies argued that the significance attributed to the living space cannot be understood by taking into account merely its objective characteristics isolated from the subjective aspects that inform people's daily experiences (Bachelard, 1964; Hirsch, 1995; Croll and Parkin 1992). As Eyles (1985:124) pointed out 'place has social significance and social ties have place significance'. As cultural ideas, places can be seen as a human landscape in the sense that the land is grounded on ideas of kinship (Gow, 1995). The relationship between people and land is fully bound up together and surpasses the actual place; they live to make it the space for kinship relations and for individual well-being. To understand people's meanings of place and environmental sustainability one has to take into account the entire complex of relations in which they engage.Methodology: This one year long study was developed through the analysis of data gathered by participant observation and unstructured interviews carried out in a small urban location which is here called Vila do Sol. I chose this locality to bring together my own concerns about the necessity for improving the development of environmental programs within that neighborhood and to provide grounds for educational intervention in general.Findings and Conclusions: I try to demonstrate that such multidimensional interaction is enhanced through residential propinquity and mutual material and moral assistance. In this sense, closeness is defined as much in terms of co-residence as in terms of genealogical classification. Hence I provide details of how kinship works in daily life to promote well-being, with the house as the spatial realm for such activities. The cluster of houses inhabited by neighboring siblings, works as an important locus for organizing close relations among the residents. Siblings tend to follow those kin who arrived earlier to the location, and around them, they establish their houses. The strength ness of their relations is seen by how closely relatives live next to each other. The choice of living in a particular location appears to be made as a result of the kin relationship. Living close is a matter of preference and duty. This preference is founded on practical and emotional grounds. Living in proximity facilitates looking after and helping each other in many different ways especially when immediate assistance is needed.