U.S. Sen. Booker, Pulitzer-winning author Dr. Desmond Talk Housing Crisis at Drew
On Thursday, October 12, 2017, a Public Policy Forum on eviction in NJ with Princeton sociologist Dr. Matthew Desmond, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Evicted, and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (NJ-D) was held at Drew University in Madison, NJ. The forum was held in The Concert Hall on Drew’s campus. Over 300 people attended the event and it received television and newspaper coverage.
NJTV reported “Stakeholders and advocates discuss solutions to homelessness.” Monarch Housing’s Jay Everett spoke to NJTV about the eviction crisis in New Jersey. “Folks who are experiencing eviction are more and more likely to fall down the ladder of attaining housing and the housing becomes less quality and their quality of life continues to descend because they can’t access the next rung on the economic ladder,” said Everett. Everett is part of Monarch’s team that works to End Homelessness in counties across the state.
But as Dr. Desmond said, “There are tangible solutions to this problem, they’re just not to scale. It’s not in the design, but in the dosage.”
Sponsoring the forum were 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.
The Public Policy Forum was underwritten by a grant from the Investors Foundation.
Follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag #EvictionNJForum