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The Crisis of Affordable Housing

Matthew Desmond’s findings when researching his bestselling and acclaimed book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, surprised even him.

Among them: the sheer numbers of families being turned out of their homes; the high cost of shoddy apartments in the poorest neighborhoods; the extent of the physical and emotional toll on families, most of them women with children.

The effects of those trends go far beyond inadequate shelter, Desmond says. “I think that whatever we care about — whatever is our issue that keeps us up at night — a lack of affordable housing is going to be somewhere at the center of it.”

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