Our November selection for the informed voters book club is Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. While evictions used to be rare, they are becoming increasingly common. The devastating effects of evictions spread throughout communities. Join us on November 8 at Old Firehouse Books from 6:30-8:00 PM to discuss the book and the broader issues of affordable housing in our communities.
According to a review on author’s website:
In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind.
Learn more about the book with this quick “trailer”
Or watch a talk directly from the author
Big thanks to Old Firehouse Books for hosting our book club! Old Firehouse Books offers a 20% discount on our book club books in addition to letting us use their room at no charge.
If you are interested in getting involved as an advocate for affordable housing in Larimer County, check out our Affordable Housing Team or contact team leader Marilyn Heller at Housing@lwv-larimercounty.org.