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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in The American City
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, written by Matthew Desmond, Professor of Sociology, Princeton University, chronicles the stories of 8 different families as they navigate the trappings of poverty in the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee. Evictions, once a rare occurrence even in the most impoverished areas of the country, have now become a common practice amongst landlords. Low income families are paying more then 50% of their total income on housing alone, leaving very little left over to pay for any unexpected bills or expenses. In Eviction, Desmond relates a "ground-level view" of the challenges of life of the poorest Americans and providing new insights on how communities can fight against cycles of poverty.
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SPENT is much more then a game, rather it simulates the choices and hard decisions low income families face as they struggle to make their rent payments each month. Created pro bono by the ad agency McKinney for client Urban Ministries of Durham, SPENT takes the player through the types of hurdles people living in poverty must navigate in order to afford housing.
Please be advised, this simulation is sponsored by the Urban Ministries of Durham, which asks for a donation at the end. No contributions are needed to take part in the simulation.
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