- Created: Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:42
- Written by Carolyn Szczepanski
The stories were set in Milwaukee, nearly a decade ago, but for Barb Jeanetta the narrative was all too familiar — and all too current.
When the Executive Director of Alliance Housing read Matthew Desmond’s award-winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, she saw the challenges local tenants face each and every day here in the Twin Cities.
“I immediately recognized the families Desmond profiles,” she said. “They could easily have been tenants of Alliance Housing.”
To inspire and energize local stakeholders, MHP and Alliance Housing hosted Matthew Desmond for a presentation and panel discussion in Minneapolis this weekend, highlighting the wide and lasting impacts caused by evictions, homelessness and housing instability in our community.
A MacArthur Genius, Princeton professor and nationally recognized researcher, Desmond spent more than a year living alongside and following the evictions of several low-income families in Milwaukee. While embedded in the complex and vibrant lives of those families, Desmond analyzed eviction court data and surveyed thousands of renters to craft a Pulitzer Prize-winning book that has galvanized attention around an often overlooked housing crisis.
His visit to Minneapolis came with a clear message: “We can’t fix poverty in America without fixing housing.”