- Created: Tuesday, 17 October 2017 08:05
- Written by Carolyn Szczepanski
In 2016 alone, nearly 9,000 evictions were filed in Hennepin and Ramsey counties — propelling thousands of families into crisis. This week, Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, will join local advocates and leaders to shine a spotlight on this often overlooked housing crisis — and what we can do about it in the Twin Cities.
As the Princeton professor emphasizes in his nationally recognized research on evictions, poverty, and homelessness: “Without a home, everything else falls apart.” In the Twin Cities, more than 85,000 families pay more than half of their monthly income on rent, making it virtually impossible to pay the rent and meet daily needs, like food, medicine and transportation. Perhaps more than any other issue, that widespread instability in housing undermines the current and future vitality of the Twin Cities region.
“The heartbreaking stories captured in Dr. Desmond’s book are nearly identical to the families we serve here in Minneapolis,” said Barbara Jeanetta, Executive Director of Alliance Housing, a nonprofit housing developer and manager in Minneapolis. “We know the tremendous barriers low-income families face in finding housing in the Twin Cities, often because they have a past eviction filing on their record. But we also know those same families are responsible tenants and key contributors to the community when they have the stability of safe, dignified housing.”