We see them every day. The man standing along the freeway ramp asking for money. The woman, dressed in layers, pushing a shopping cart. People walking into libraries carrying bags stuffed with personal belongings. But who are those experiencing homelessness we do not see? Rents are rising. Wages are stagnant. Working families find it harder to afford a decent place to call home. On any given night, there are more than 600,000 people in the U.S. living on the streets or in shelters. Nearly a quarter of them are children. Others are living with a relative or friend. Or in their cars.
Matthew Desmond, a sociologist at Princeton University, wrote the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, about this issue. Last year, his book won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, and it has helped shape the discussion of housing insecurity and public policy in the nation. Dr. Desmond will visit NKU April 19-20, speaking with students and the community.
In preparation for the visit, NKU’s Scripps Howard Center is leading a four-part conversation series on homelessness and housing insecurity. Featuring local change-makers, these sessions will take an in-depth look at our region’s response to the crisis, including what's being done to improve access to affordable housing and the most effective ways you can make a difference. All conversations will be held in Student Union, room 108 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The location might be changed to accommodate a larger group if there is interest on campus.
· Lauren Copeland, Northern Kentucky Scholar House/ Brighton Center
· Gordon Henry, Cornerstone Renter Equity property manager
· Kim Webb, Emergency Shelter of NKY executive director
· Amanda Speier, Northern Kentucky Family Promise executive director
· Contact Collette Thompson at the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement
· email@example.com or 859-572-7847
· More about the book, Evicted: http://evictedbook.com
· RSVP to attend Matthew Desmond lecture on April 18: nku.eventsair.com/evicted/april19
· Desmond op-ed in the New York Times:https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/06/opinion/sunday/the-eviction-economy.html
· About Dr. Desmond: https://sociology.princeton.edu/people/matthew-desmond