Evicted by Matthew Desmond

A heartbreaking account of housing insecurity in Milwaukee. Matthew Desmond spent over a year living in a south side trailer park and a north side rooming house in order to learn about the struggles of low income renters. He also shadowed landlords in order to learn about both sides of Milwaukee’s rental housing market. This ethnographic study was a companion project to the Milwaukee Area Renters Study.

The stories of lives shaken by an unjust housing system are almost too sad to read, yet Desmond uses data from the Milwaukee Area Renters Study to show that this suffering is multiplied thousands of times, occurring every day in our city.

Later in 2017, Evicted was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. The book also inspired multiple community efforts to try to address the dire situation of so many of Milwaukee’s renters.

This book club met:

  • Date: June 11, 2017
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: Von Trier (North & Farwell)