Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City


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"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 this book], 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 ...

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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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