Currently Reading: Evicted: Poverty And Profit In The American City By Matthew Desmond

Evicted: Poverty And Profit In The American City by Matthew Desmond explores the poorest neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and tells the reader the story of eight families and their plight in living day to day. Two landlords determine their futures and whether they are put out into a shelter or even worse, out on the street.

Here are some interesting statistics from the book thus far:

“Today, the majority of poor renting families in America spend over half of their income on housing, and at least one in four dedicates over 70 percent to paying the rent and keeping the lights on. Millions of Americans are evicted every year because they can’t make rent. In Milwaukee, a city of fewer than 105,000 renter households, landlords evict roughly 16,000 adults and children each year. That’s sixteen families evicted through the court system daily.”

“If you count all forms of involuntary displacement—formal and informal evictions, landlord foreclosures, building condemnations—you discover that between 2009 and 2011 more than 1 in 8 Milwaukee renters experienced a forced move.”

“In a typical year, almost 1 in 5 poor renting families nationwide missed payments and received a disconnection notice from their utility company.”

“As much as $6 billion worth of power was pirated across America every year. Only cars and credit cards got stolen more.”

Some reviews of the book for your enjoyment:

From The New York Times

From The Guardian.com

An article by the author in The New Yorker

Here are also some videos that may be on interest:

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