Alliance Housing and Minnesota Housing Partnership are pleased to welcome Matthew Desmond, Harvard professor and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project, to Minneapolis on October 21 for a discussion of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.
Across the nation, Dr. Desmond’s deeply affecting storytelling has ignited an urgent conversation about the growing lack of safe, adequate housing for those with the lowest incomes in our communities.
With a presentation and panel discussion with key stakeholders, Dr. Desmond’s presence in the Twin Cities will help to shine a light on these pressing issues and lift up policy and funding ideas – at the federal, state and local level – that can lead to sustainable solutions to the affordable housing crisis.
Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. 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.
About Matt Desmond:
In addition to winning a Pulitzer Prize for Evicted in 2017, Matthew Desmond is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University (click here to visit his Harvard website) and codirector of the Justice and Poverty Project. A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, he is the author of the award-winning book, On the Fireline, coauthor of two books on race, and editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America. His work has been supported by the Ford, Russell Sage, and National Science Foundations, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker and Chicago Tribune. In 2015, Desmond was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” grant.
More information coming soon, but mark your calendars!