Dr. Desmond was the recipient of a 2015 MacArthur “Genius” award winner.
In summary, in the research brief, Princeton sociologist Dr. Desmond “Explores the crisis faced by poor families in finding and maintaining affordable housing … Drawing from his own extensive ethnographic and quantitative research, Desmond outlines the trends that led to the current situation: rising housing costs, stagnant or falling incomes among the poor, and a shortfall of federal housing assistance. As a result of these trends, most poor renting families now devote over half of their income to housing costs, and eviction has become commonplace in low-income communities. Poor single mothers with young children, particularly African Americans, are at especially high risk of eviction. Desmond reviews the consequences of eviction-for parents, children, and neighborhoods-and concludes with suggested policy remedies and a call to pull housing back to the center of the poverty debate.”
The forum will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at noon at the Concert Hall at Drew University in Madison, NJ. The Public Policy Forum is underwritten by a grant from the Investors Foundation.
Desmond concludes the Fast Focus piece with a call to expand affordable housing in the United States and decreasing the occurrence of evictions. “The high cost of housing is consigning millions of low-income Americans to financial hardship. Providing stable housing and lowering evictions is a human capital investment analogous to education or job training, one that has the potential to decrease poverty and homelessness and stabilize families, schools, and neighborhoods. Expanding access to stable, safe, and affordable housing would help more low- income children to realize their full potential.”