My God, what that book lays bare about American poverty. 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 scr. 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. Book Reviews An exhaustively researched, vividly realized and above all, unignorable book—after Evicted, it will no longer be possible to have a serious discussion about poverty without having a serious discussion about housing. There are no heroes in this book, neither the tenants or the landlords. As Desmond shows, the main victims of eviction are women. 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. Desmond has written a brilliant portrait of Americans living in poverty. 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. Although this book is about Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the author states this is a crisis effecting any large, urban city. You might not think that there is a lot of money to be extracted from a dilapidated trailer park or a black neighbourhood of “sagging duplexes, fading murals, 24-hour daycares”. By telling these stories, he shows how hard it is for the poor to find and keep decent, affordable housing. 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. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City is a book written by Matthew Desmond. 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. I can’t remember when an ethnographic study so deepened my understanding of American life. The brutal truth of poverty in America is far more devastating than any fiction ever could be. It is sometimes a little hard to keep up with the storylines as they weave in and out of the text, but no matter. 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've comprehensively compiled reviews of Evicted from the world's leading experts. 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. The significance of eviction, the poverty and the loss of everything that a … 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. It’s an important book. If you are to read one non-fiction book this year it should probably be this book!!! Yes. 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. 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. This book describes the misery of living at the ragged edge of homelessness. 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. "Evicted" Book Review: Eviction Is a Cause—Not Just a Consequence—of Poverty By: Maya Brod December 9, 2016 A year and a half ago, the Health and Social Policy team at Burness formed a book club to read and discuss the latest non-fiction, and occasional … What if the problem is that poverty is profitable? 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. 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 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...". 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. Refresh and try again. 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. This book won the Pulitzer, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and I can absolutely see why. 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. It fundamentally redirects their way, casting them on a different, and much more difficult, path. It puts incredible stress on families. The "catch-22" of arrears, fines. I am ashamed of how little I knew about poverty and eviction. I even read through the acknowledgements, not wanting it to end. About the author of Evicted Poverty and Profit in the American City The American sociologist Matthew Desmond has explored the role of housing in the cycle of poverty. “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. March 1st 2016 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. He is the author of four books, including Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Carnegie Medal, and PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. Following eight families, two landlords we are personally made aware of their struggles, evictions, loss of security, children and day to day poverty. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. She said: "'Evicted,' by Matthew Desmond. This book is fucking depressing and hopeless and excellent. An eviction on your record makes the next apartment harder to get. Public housing and housing vouchers are scarce. (I continue to think this book says oodles more than. Yay! 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. by Crown Publishers, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. The squeeze is increasing higher incomes as well. Desmond follows the intertwined fortunes of eight families and a host of minor characters. A woman sells some of her goods to make ends meet, Milwaukee. Think about that the next time someone asks why women don’t call the cops on violent partners. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2017. What if the dominant discourse on poverty is just wrong? Makes me feel quite tired. 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. 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. Please start by reading the GR book description here: Evicted was a really great read - both frustrating and fascinating. Evicted - Matthew Desmond. These are the questions at the heart of. Also the segregation! Evicted – Book Review. 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. The self-destructive behavior of the tenants also makes me angry and baffled, even while I sympathize with their desire to indulge a little short-term comfort or rebellion in their rotten circumstances. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, book review. There are no heroes in this book, neither the tenants or the landlords. This is a must read for everyone. The second point is that the evictions aren’t just a consequence of poverty but also a cause. ... doubting the field’s possibilities to offer useful insights and ideas would do well to read Matthew Desmond’s new book Evicted. One is that growing numbers of low-income households pay crushing shares of their incomes for shelter, leaving inadequate sums for items as basic as medicine and food. Evicted tells the story of poor Milwaukee residents as they attempt to keep a roof over their heads And racist ass Ned who made his biracial stepdaughters say "white power" w. The brutal truth of poverty in America is far more devastating than any fiction ever could be. Read it and weep. Within these pages, the business and culture of evictions is dissected down to the very dollars and cents that uphold this thriving industry. March 2016. 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. Welcome back. The filthy and dangerous conditions are horrifying. I'm not someone who tries to impress other people with what I've read. Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country. Desmond writes, “Eviction does not simply drop poor families into a dark valley, a trying yet relatively brief detour on life’s journey. Stop reading this one and go find those. The personal wealth of a few is more important than the common good – as Mathew Desmond’s book “Evicted”. Phone orders min p&p of £1.99. Just a few days before we met, I finished reading Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond, a sociologist at Princeton University and a grantee of our foundation. We have got to do better. This book that showcases tenants and landlords/landladies and the barriers that exists on all sides. 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. Written by a Harvard sociologist, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City has the character development and dramatic drive of a first-rate novel. It's a detailed picture of individual and systemic failure. The predatory behavior of the slumlords makes me angry, even while I sympathize with their desire not to be taken advantage of, cheated and ripped off. The landlords are either a new breed of venture capitalists or merely slumlords, depending on your perspective. Latest book reviews, author interviews, and reading trends. 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. That is easy to say, and many books by journalists and academics have done so. Matthew Desmond is an American sociologist and urban ethnographer. Yes, there will always be greedy landlords and poor people unwilling or unable to do a minimum. 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. 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 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. 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. This economic exploitation is crystallized in the slum.” Exploitation. Although this book is about Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the author states this is a crisis effecting any large, urban city. But you would be wrong. 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. The main reason, though, is that women are raising children as single mothers. ‘There is an enormous amount … The filthy and dangerous conditions are horrifying. Book Review - Evicted Poverty & Profit In The American City. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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. Poor black men were locked up. 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. Wow, this is a powerful look at what it means to be poor in America. This is real life, and it’s an incredibly important work. In fact, she gets nothing. 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. We are a capitalist society. This book won the Pulitzer, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and I can absolutely see why. Set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it examines the lives of a number of people who deal with eviction and the property owners. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Two Decades of Answers from the Left (IB Tauris). After he paid Sherrena his $550 rent out of his welfare cheque, Lamar had only $2.19 a day for the month. There has to be a better way. 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. What are the social costs of eviction? Tobin Charney makes $400,000 a year out of his 131 trailers, some of which are little better than hovels. We have got to do better. No one can afford to put 80% of their income towards rent. Evicted switches back and forth between different sets of people, which sometimes makes it difficult to keep everyone's story straight. ‘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. There are situations that will break your heart, and situations that will infuriate you. But the nice thing about time is that it... To see what your friends thought of this book. Shelves: multi-culti, non-fiction, awards It is no surprise that "Evicted" was the University Wisconsin-Madison's Go Big Red book read for 2016, a book chosen by the chancellor and worked into campus-wide discussions and events. It prevents people from saving the comparatively small sums that would let them stabilise their situation. I learned about poverty and poor renters, the eviction process, and scumbag landlords. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City was published in 2016 and brought Desmond to international prominence. People such as Lamar live in chronic debt to their landlord, who can therefore oust them easily whenever it is convenient – if they demand repairs, for example, like Doreen, or if a better tenant comes along. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of twenty-first-century America’s most devastating problems. With no where else to go in the dreadful cold, they flee to the North Side of the city, which is … They way we treat the poor in this country is cruel. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. [Between 2001 and 2014, real rents rose 7 percent while renters' incomes fell 9 percent. Eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty . Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. 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 as well. 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The book received the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, and the 2017 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award. It's remarkably good, one of the best in years. Eviction destroys communities: when people move frequently, they don’t form the social bonds and pride in place that encourage them to care for their block and look out for their neighbours. Desmond lays out the crucial role housing plays in creating and reinforcing white privilege. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Really horrifying and mind boggling that anyone would think that's a good policy even for reducing the amount people call the police. Long story short, America has to do better in providing shelter for the poor. [ The government says that rent and utilities are affordable if they consume no more than 30 percent of the household's income. 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. Even a paid-up tenant can be easily evicted. 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. Among the tenants in housing court, a third spend at least 80 percent. The judicial system and the role it plays is scrutinized, and the lives of 8 families are put on intimate display for readers to bear witness to. But there is a gigantic gap in between of people trying and obstructed by environment, conditions, regulations, etc. Following eight families, two landlords we are personally made. 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