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Think about that the next time someone asks why women don’t call the cops on violent partners. Two Decades of Answers from the Left (IB Tauris). I actually finished this last night, and since then have been trying to figure out how to process my feelings and thoughts about this book. "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" is probably the most important book that I have ever read!!! Other sociologists – Kathryn Edin, for example – have found that single mothers often get help under the table from their children’s fathers, but Arleen, Doreen and Doreen’s adult daughter Patrice get mostly trouble from men, who are variously abusive, addicted, vanished or in prison. Of them, 10 percent devote at least half their income to shelter. A woman sells some of her goods to make ends meet, Milwaukee. Public housing failures. The quote "Eviction is a cause, not just a condition of poverty," appears on page 299 of the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the America City by Matthew Desmond. They are paid less than men for doing the same job. Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country. I learned about poverty and poor renters, the eviction process, and scumbag landlords. It … In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. In this book we see people who have the least being exploited for every penny. This book frequently infuriated me, but it also raised in me a strong sense of compassion for people who are struggling and a desire to look for opportunities to help and advocate for fairer housing policies. But the nice thing about time is that it... To see what your friends thought of this book. In fact, she gets nothing. As with all things, it's not either/or, there is always nuance. The personal wealth of a few is more important than the common good – as Mathew Desmond’s book “Evicted”. Read it and weep. Even in the Great Depression, evictions used to be rare. The standard measure is that your rent should be no more than 30% of your income, but for poor people it can be 70% or more. It’s not a pretty picture. This book is fucking depressing and hopeless and excellent. When he is forced to repay a welfare cheque he has been sent in error and falls behind on rent, he sells his food stamps for half their face value and volunteers to paint an upstairs apartment, but it is not enough. by Crown Publishers, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Desmond writes, “Eviction does not simply drop poor families into a dark valley, a trying yet relatively brief detour on life’s journey. This book that showcases tenants and landlords/landladies and the barriers that exists on all sides. It puts incredible stress on families. They are always starting over from scratch, losing their possessions in the chaos of removal, or putting them in storage and losing them when they can’t pay the fees. An evicted woman watches as employees of a storage company remove her belongings to place them on the pavement in front of her rented apartment. Wow, this is a powerful look at what it means to be poor in America. If you are to read one non-fiction book this year it should probably be this book!!! The landlords are either a new breed of venture capitalists or merely slumlords, depending on your perspective. Author Matthew Desmond spent months living in a trailer park and then an inner-city rooming house in Milwaukee, getting to know the renters and their landlords and observing firsthand what the housing crisis looks like. The book received the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, and the 2017 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award. In one of the book’s many small sad moments, Arleen claims she receives child support in order to seem more stable and respectable to a prospective landlord. It is devastating and infuriating and a necessary read." In evicted, Matthew Desmond brings rigorous sociological research and ethnography to Milwaukee's inner city. And the number paying more than half their incomes rose even faster, to 11.4 million, from 7.5 million, Among them, 30 percent included a full-time worker. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, book review. Stop reading this one and go find those. Money from government programmes intended to help the poor – welfare, disability benefits, the earned-income tax credit – go straight into the landlord’s pocket and, ironically, fuel rising housing costs. In this book we see people who have the least being exploited for every penny. The book is, as its title suggests, about eviction and the ‘side-effects’ that eviction can cause to a person or to a number of persons. But a positive outcome of this technique is that the accounts end up sharing many common threads: … There are a lot of very good reviews of this excellent, enlightening and heartbreaking book. Matthew Desmond’s research-driven prose is a dazzling work of examination and insight. One of her tenants, Lamar, is a single father of two boys who does not have legs. Poor black women were locked out.”. This is what poor looks like in America. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Yes, there will always be greedy landlords and poor people unwilling or unable to do a minimum. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 will be long remembered as a Dumpster fire of a year. This should be required reading in high school! Desmond has written a brilliant portrait of Americans living in poverty. To order Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City for £16 (RRP £20) go to bookshop.theguardian.com or call 0330 333 6846. We’d love your help. Now, there’s a word that has been scrubbed out of the poverty debate.”, “it is hard to argue that housing is not a fundamental human need. It’s easy to judge the poor but unless we’ve walked in their shoes I think we’d do better to try and understand. “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond, Crown, 418 pages, $28 “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. This is a must read for everyone. A beautifully written and involving set of individual family case studies, this sociological work casts light on a problem that has developed over time and has not been well understood to date. The main condition holding them back, Desmond argues, is rent. Matthew Desmond’s gripping and important book Evicted tells disturbing stories in spellbinding detail in service of two main points. Sherrena liked renting to the clients of a for-profit agency that handles – for a fee – the finances of people on disability payments who can’t manage on their own. In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. This book frequently infuriated me, but it also raised in me a strong. Black people have the worst housing in the worst neighbourhoods – the great fear of the trailer-park people, who are all white, is that they will end up on the black side of town. March 2016. The squeeze is increasing higher incomes as well. The brutal truth of poverty in America is far more devastating than any fiction ever could be. Really horrifying and mind boggling that anyone would think that's a good policy even for reducing the amount people call the police. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. The "catch-22" of arrears, fines, penalties, and debts make my head hurt. I can’t remember when an ethnographic study so deepened my understanding of American life. One thing that really stuck with me was the fact that landlords were getting fined for their tenants calling the cops and being nuisances, and how they applied that to people calling in about domestic abuse a. I finished this book a few days ago and it really made me feel devastated. Among the tenants in housing court, a third spend at least 80 percent. This just won The Pulitzer! We desperately need a "where are they now" for the people profiled in this book. “Every condition exists,” Martin Luther King Jr. once wrote, “simply because someone profits by its existence. The sheer number and variety of damaged, broken, addicted people struggling to survive makes my heart hurt. ‘There is an enormous amount … This book ought to be required reading for anyone who wants to hold elected office in this country, no matter what level you’re at. Evicted – Book Review. We have got to do better. Within the pages of, [Though it was mentioned on the book jacket that this was embedded research, I still found the most impactful statement to be: "I moved into Tobin's trailer park in May 2008...". This author is coming to my institution on Wednesday so I sped through the reading of this book, making some notes. Also the segregation! For a distinguished and appropriately documented book of nonfiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000). We (Americans) doom people to permanent poverty and a lower caste simply by not ensuring safe and adequate shelter that is affordable. My God, what that book lays bare about American poverty. In Milwaukee, one of the most segregated cities in the US, all black people suffer from housing discrimination and all white people benefit at least a little from the racial dividend – a landlord who will rent to them but not to black people, for instance, or offer them a nicer apartment. It is sometimes a little hard to keep up with the storylines as they weave in and out of the text, but no matter. Arleen loses one apartment when her son Jori throws a snowball at a passing car and the enraged driver kicks in the front door, and another when the police come after Jori when he kicks a teacher and runs home. This book is fucking depressing and hopeless and excellent. This book is painful and necessary and eye opening. Written by blake wagner and other people who wish to remain anonymous In Milwaukee, an African-American family is evicted from their apartment complex in the middle of the winter. It's remarkably good, one of the best in years. Although this book is about Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the author states this is a crisis effecting any large, urban city. We watch Jori go from a sweet, protective older brother to an angry, sullen boy subject to violent outbursts who is falling way behind in school. The first 80 percent of the book follows in detail the experiences of eight low-income families (including both black and white) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. So true. Analyzing census data, this book finds that the majority of poor households pay over 50 percent of their income for shelter and more than a quarter pay over 70 percent. The author of several books, including the award-winning book, "On the Fireline," and "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," Desmond was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" gran. Yes. Poor black men were locked up. Eviction makes it hard to keep up with the many appointments required by the courts and the byzantine welfare system: several characters have their benefits cut because notices are sent to the wrong address. Within these pages, the business and culture of evictions is dissected down to the very dollars and cents that uphold this thriving industry. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City is a book written by Matthew Desmond. (I continue to think this book says oodles more than. They are less able to make deals with their landlord, who is almost always a man, to work off part of their rent with manual labour. He tells the stories of the tenants and the landlords in their own voices, with such clarity and precision that it’s almost easy to forget that this is not a novel. Matthew Desmond is an American sociologist and urban ethnographer. These are the questions at the heart of. By telling these stories, he shows how hard it is for the poor to find and keep decent, affordable housing. After he paid Sherrena his $550 rent out of his welfare cheque, Lamar had only $2.19 a day for the month. This book won a number of awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, for uncovering a housing problem in America that appears to disproportionately affect low-income renters and keep them in a cycle of perpetual uncertainty: eviction. Buildings are not maintained, property values fall, the amount of low cost housing decreases and people are paying large rents for housing that is substandard. It’s immersive sociological reporting at its finest—at the height of the recession, Matthew Desmond moved into some of the poorest sections of Milwaukee and immersed himself in the lives of the people who had little choice but to live there. There are situations that will break your heart, and situations that will infuriate you. The author of several books, including the award-winning book, "On the Fireline," and "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," Desmond was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" grant in 2015 for his work on poverty in America. An eviction on your record makes the next apartment harder to get. Long story short, America has to do better in providing shelter for the poor. This is a must read for everyone. What??? ‘There is an enormous amount of pain and poverty in this rich land,’ argues American sociologist Desmond in this brilliant book about housing and the lives of eight families in Milwaukee, Last modified on Wed 29 Nov 2017 10.48 GMT. Arleen Belle and Doreen Hinkston are black mothers clinging to the edge of low-wage employment; Crystal and Trisha are fragile young black women whose upbringing was violent and chaotic; Lamar is a genial black father of two who lost both his legs to frostbite when he passed out on crack in an abandoned house; Scott is a white male nurse who lost his licence when he stole opioids from his patients; Larraine, also white, is a slightly brain-damaged sweet soul. He argues that universal housing vouchers and publicly funded legal services for the evicted (90 percent lack attorneys in housing courts) would help alleviate this growing, often overlooked housing crisis. Phone orders min p&p of £1.99. This book won the Pulitzer, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and I can absolutely see why. By telling these stories, he shows how hard it is for the poor to find and keep decent, affordable housing. E victed is a book by Matthew Desmond that tells the story of eight real families caught in the affordable housing crisis.. especially when the New York legislative session has ended for the year and they failed to pass a bill to force landlords to have good cause for eviction. Also the segregation! And racist ass Ned who made his biracial stepdaughters say "white power" while their mom hoped it wouldn't scar them. It’s not a pretty picture. The final part of the book is a long Epilogue that provides a concluding summary and a description of how the author collected his information and data by living among the subjects he writes about. Start by marking “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” as Want to Read: Error rating book. "Evicted" is the story of eight families in Milwaukee, WI--six families struggling mightily to pay the rent on their increasingly crappy apartments, and two sets of landlords. Why? What if the problem isn’t that poor people have bad morals – that they’re lazy and impulsive and irresponsible and have no family values – or that they lack the skills and smarts to fit in with our shiny 21st-century economy? I am ashamed of how little I knew about poverty and eviction. There are no heroes in this book, neither the tenants or the landlords. We see landlords barely above poverty themselves who are regulated in ways that make them have to evict people or face penalties and/or undesirable scrutiny. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2017. • Katha Pollitt’s books include Who Is Hillary Clinton? Barbara Ehrenreich - New York Times Book Review Written with the vividness of a novel, [ Evicted] offers a dark mirror of middle-class America’s obsession with real estate, laying bare the workings of the low end of the market, where evictions have become just another part of an often lucrative business model. As with credit card debt and fines for driving misdemeanors, it's expensive to be poor - penalties for late payment and partial payment pile up. Evicted - Matthew Desmond. This book won the Pulitzer, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and I can absolutely see why. The official website of Matthew Desmond, author of EVICTED: POVERTY AND PROFIT IN THE AMERICAN CITY. Evicted tells the story of poor Milwaukee residents as they attempt to keep a roof over their heads Complete coverage of entertainment in the Twin Cities and the nation, from movies and music to theater and books, with the event calendar, reviews, columns, blogs and more. On January 5, 2017 June 19, 2017 By T. Carlos "Tim" Anderson In Reviews. Any kind of trouble that brings the police can lead to eviction, which means women can lose their homes if they call 911 when their man beats them up. Evicted Matthew Desmond Review by Edward Morris. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond (Crown) Share: Twitter Facebook Email. Eviction hits black women hardest of all, and the bleak benches of housing courts, which deal with disputes between landlords and tenants, are full of black women and their children: “If incarceration had come to define the lives of men from impoverished black neighbourhoods, eviction was shaping the lives of women. We have got to do better. We are a capitalist society. Even a paid-up tenant can be easily evicted. Raised in Chicago I am aware of the housing crisis, remember well both the crime ridden, drug and gang infested, Robert Taylor homes and Cabrini Green. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher who is one of the only black female landlords in the city, makes enough in rents on her numerous properties – some presentable, others squalid – to holiday in Jamaica and attend conferences on real estate. Welcome back. This economic exploitation is crystallized in the slum.” Exploitation. It's a detailed picture of individual and systemic failure. It's always hard to see and think about who has value in our society and the way laws and institutions play such a huge role in continuing to destabilize the lives of those who are already marginalized in other ways. Desmond follows the intertwined fortunes of eight families and a host of minor characters. But there is a gigantic gap in between of people trying and obstructed by environment, conditions, regulations, etc. He is currently the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Co-Director of the Justice and Poverty Project. Raised in Chicago I am aware of the housing crisis, remember well both the crime ridden, drug and gang infested, Robert Taylor homes and Cabrini Green. Yes. They not only have all the costs and burdens of childrearing, they need bigger apartments – which, since landlords dislike renting to families with young children, are harder to find and a lot harder to keep. They way we treat the poor in this country is cruel. No easy answers here, but can we stop pretending that poverty is the result of bad life choices and that unsafe or lack of low income housing is because property owners are monolithically greedy and evil. It’s easy to judge the poor but unless we’ve walked in their shoes I think we’d do better to try and understand how and why it happens, and what we as a society can and should do to remedy the problem. Bill Gates CEO/Microsoft If you want a good understanding of how the issues that cause poverty are intertwined, you should read this book about the eviction crisis in Milwaukee. [ The government says that rent and utilities are affordable if they consume no more than 30 percent of the household's income. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Desmond lays out the crucial role housing plays in creating and reinforcing white privilege. It is no surprise that "Evicted" was the University Wisconsin-Madison's, I finished this book a few days ago and it really made me feel devastated. That is easy to say, and many books by journalists and academics have done so. It’s immersive sociological reporting at its finest—at the height of the recession, Matthew Desmond moved into some of the poorest sections of Milwaukee and immersed himself in the lives of the people who had little choice but to live there. This is real life, and it’s an incredibly important work. 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