Tickets on sale for Matt Desmond, author of Evicted

In Minneapolis alone, more than 3,000 evictions are filed each year — with devastating and long-lasting impacts on displaced families.

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Dr. Matthew Desmond captured the human toll of this housing crisis, telling the story of eight families swept up in the nation’s eviction epidemic and laying out fresh ideas for solving this devastating problem.

On October 21, Desmond will visit Minneapolis to share insight from his deep research around evictions, poverty and homelessness and join local advocates and leaders to highlight efforts and solutions to provide decent, stable housing for all in the Twin Cities.

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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. 

Minneapolis is not immune to this epidemic. According to a 2016 report: “In Minneapolis, over 3,000 evictions are filed in the 4th District Housing Court each year. These cases are disproportionately concentrated in just a few zip codes. Evictions are a major issue facing renters in low income and minority neighborhoods, affecting nearly half of renter households in North Minneapolis.”

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.

Join us for this important conversation; tickets now on sale!

About Evicted:

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 a professor at Princeton University, and co-director 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.

Read — and discuss! — the book

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.

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