Public Policy Forum with Matthew Desmond, Author of Evicted, and US Senator Cory Booker

Join us on Thursday, October 12, 2017 for a Public Policy Forum with Matthew Desmond, Author of Evicted and US Senator Cory Booker at Drew University

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, join Monarch Housing, NJ Policy Perspective, the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ, the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ, the Supportive Housing Association of NJ, Bridges Outreach, the Mental Health Association in NJ, the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Homeless Solutions and the Drew University Center for Civic Engagement for a Public Policy Forum with Matthew Desmond, Author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, and US Senator Cory Booker (NJ-D.)

The forum will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Concert Hall at Drew University in Madison, NJ. The Public Policy Forum is underwritten by a grant from the Investors Foundation.

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Registration is required and the cost for the forum is $10 per person. Only 400 seats are available for this timely and important public policy forum.

The October 12 event provides an opportunity to:

  • Listen to a dialogue with Matthew Desmond and US Senator Cory Booker about the state of housing in NJ and nationally 
  • Ask questions of both Matthew Desmond and US Senator Cory Booker
  • Hear from Desmond about his research and his possible solutions
  • Engage in solutions address the eviction crisis
  • Network with fellow advocates and discuss solutions to the eviction crisis

Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers.

In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.

In the year ending on June 30, 2016, New Jersey saw 161,000 evictions. This eviction rate tells us that every six tenants in New Jersey experienced an eviction and it reflects the eviction crisis that Professor Desmond identified in his research.

NJCounts 2017 found that eviction was the second most common reason, that households reported for causing their homelessness. Fourteen percent of homeless households during the point in time count in January 2017 reported that eviction caused their homelessness

Eviction often leads to homelessness making this book very relevant in New Jersey.

Professor Desmond recommends acting to create a universal housing voucher program which provides the key ending homelessness.

Matthew Desmond is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. He is the author of four books, including Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016), which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Carnegie Medal, and PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction.

The principal investigator of The Eviction Lab, Desmond’s research focuses on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial inequality, and ethnography. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, and the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award. A Contributing Writer for the New York Times Magazine, Desmond was listed in 2016 among the Politico 50, as one of “fifty people across the country who are most influencing the national political debate.”

US Senator Cory Booker has established himself as an innovative and bipartisan problem-solver committed to developing collaborative solutions that address some of our most complex challenges.

Whether it’s advocating for more federal resources to modernize New Jersey’s transportation system, securing funds to continue the long recovery from Superstorm Sandy, or ensuring that our communities are safe from the effects of pollution and climate change, Booker has proven his steadfast commitment to standing up for what matters most to New Jerseyans.

After law school, Cory Booker moved to Newark – where he still lives to this day – and started a nonprofit organization to provide legal services for low-income families and help tenants take on slumlords, improve living conditions, and stay in their homes. He continued as an advocate for affordable homes and tenant rights as a member of the Newark City Council and Mayor. As a US Senator, he has continued to be an advocate on these issues in NJ and nationally.

Booker has also emerged as a national leader in the Congressional push for common sense criminal justice reform, advocating for front-end sentencing reforms, pushing for the banning of juvenile solitary confinement in federal facilities, and spearheading legislation to make the hiring process fairer for the formerly incarcerated.

Cory Booker has also partnered with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to create a number of economic proposals, from increased small business investment to apprenticeship programs, with the hope of fostering greater economic mobility and opportunity for individual Americans.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City is a brilliant, heartbreaking book, written by Matthew Desmond. Desmond takes his readers into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families living on the edge.

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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