Hosted by City Arts & Lectures
EVICTED: POVERTY AND PROFIT IN THE AMERICAN CITY
Matthew Desmond in conversation with Michael Krasny
A Benefit for the Heading Home Campaign
One in four poor renting families spend more than 70% of their income on rent and utilities, three in four families who qualify for housing assistance do not recieve it, and one in eight poor renting families expect to be evicted soon. Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Matthew Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today in his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.