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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.
Arleen Beale’s latest eviction began with a snowball fight. It was January of 2008, and Milwaukee was experiencing its snowiest winter on record. Arleen’s son Jori and his cousin were cutting up, packing powder tight and taking aim at the passing cars on Arthur Avenue...
The AHS is sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The survey is the most comprehensive national housing survey in the United States.
The Joint Center for Housing Studies was originally formed in 1959 as the Joint Center for Urban Studies of MIT and Harvard, and took up the challenge of addressing intellectual and policy issues confronting a nation experiencing widespread demographic, economic and social changes, with dramatic and far-reaching effects on cities in particular.
With principal support from the Ford Foundation, the research agenda was based on the premise that the resolution of these issues called for imaginative interdisciplinary approaches to the study of urban problems and issues and required cooperation among universities, government and industry.
A decade after the onset of the Great Recession, the national housing market has, by many measures, returned to normal: housing demand, home prices, and construction volumes are all on the rise, and the number of distressed homeowners has fallen sharply. However, high demand and tight supply are pushing up housing costs and adding to concerns about affordability.
The Center for Poverty Research facilitates research using a diverse set of approaches across academic disciplines to answer critical questions about poverty and its solutions. The Center engages faculty research affiliates in the departments of Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Agricultural Economics, Human and Community Development, Chicano Studies, and the Schools of Education, Engineering and Law.
The Center has four primary poverty-related research themes: Labor Markets and Poverty; The Non-cash Safety Net (including education and health policies); Children and Intergenerational Mobility; Immigration and Poverty
C-SPAN's Book TV talk with Evicted author Matthew Desmond at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C.
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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