Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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'Essential. A compelling and damning exploration of the abuse of one of our basic human rights: shelter.' Owen Jones Arleen spends nearly all her money on rent but is kicked out with her kids in Milwaukee's coldest winter for years. Doreen's home is so filthy her family call it 'the rat hole'. Lamar, a wheelchair-bound ex-soldier, tries to work his way out of debt for his boys. Scott, a nurse turned addict, lives in a gutted-out trailer. This is their world. And this is the twenty-first century: where fewer and fewer ...

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Jonathan R

Mar 14, 2016

How the high cost of housing leads to poverty

Excellent work of a sociologist on in impacts of the high cost of housing in people's lives. He tells very compelling stories of eight families in Milwaukee showing how the high cost of housing creates stress and often a downward spiral. He also interviews landlords showing that the problems are not a matter of predatory behavior but more the system as a whole. He also suggests ways to address this.

In addition to the personal stories, he documents how widespread the problem of eviction is and why it is under-reported.

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