Found 13 article(s) for author 'Matthew Desmond'

Poverty Rooted In Evictions, Lack Of Affordable Housing

Poverty Rooted In Evictions, Lack Of Affordable Housing. Matthew Desmond, November 16, 2016, Audio, “Eviction is not a condition of poverty; eviction causes poverty. That’s according to Matthew Desmond. He’s a sociologist at Harvard and he just wrote the book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.” In it, Desmond says poor families are more susceptible to evictions. Evictions force kids out of schools, parents from jobs and families into worse neighborhoods.Link

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Are Landlords Overcharging Housing Voucher Holders?

Are Landlords Overcharging Housing Voucher Holders? Matthew Desmond, June 26, 2016, Paper. “The structure of rental markets coupled with the design of the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP), the largest federal housing subsidy for low-income families in the United States, provides the opportunity to overcharge voucher holders. Applying hedonic regression models to a unique data set of Milwaukee renters combined with administrative records, we find that vouchered households are charged between $51 and $68 more in monthly rent than unassisted renters in comparable units and neighborhoods. Overcharging voucher holders costs taxpayers an estimated $3.8 million each year in Milwaukee alone, the equivalent of supplying 620 additional families in that city with housing assistance. These findings suggest that the HCVP could be made more cost-effective—and therefore more expansive—if overcharging were prevented.Link

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‘Here And Now’: Matthew Desmond Explores Milwaukee’s Eviction Epidemic

‘Here And Now’: Matthew Desmond Explores Milwaukee’s Eviction Epidemic. Matthew Desmond, March 7, 2016, Video. “Evictions not only put poor families out on the streets, but simultaneously set off a cascade of consequences for both the people and neighborhoods affected. In his new book, “Evicted: Poverty And Profit In The American City,” University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate and Harvard University sociology professor Matthew Desmond examines how this process plays out for families and landlords in Milwaukee’s lowest-income neighborhoods.Link

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The Eviction Economy

The Eviction Economy. Matthew Desmond, March 5, 2016, Opinion, “I first met Larraine when we both lived in a trailer park on the far South Side of Milwaukee. Fifty-four, with silvering brown hair, Larraine loved mystery novels, “So You Think You Can Dance” and doting on her grandson. Even though she lived in a mobile home park with so many code violations that city inspectors called it an “environmental biohazard,” she kept a tidy trailer and used a hand steamer on the curtains. But Larraine spent more than 70 percent of her income on housing — just as one in four of all renting families who live below the poverty line do. After paying the rent, she was left with $5 a day.Link

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Matthew Desmond, March 2016, Book. “From Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond, a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America.  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.Link

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Housing and Employment Insecurity among the Working Poor

Housing and Employment Insecurity among the Working Poor. Matthew Desmond, February 2016, Paper. “While social scientists have documented severe consequences of job loss, scant research investigates why workers lose their jobs. We explore the role of housing insecurity in actuating employment insecurity, investigating if workers who involuntarily lose their homes subsequently involuntarily lose their jobs. Analyzing novel survey data of predominately low-income working renters, we find the likelihood of being laid off to be between 11 and 22 percentage points higher for workers who experienced a preceding forced move, compared to observationally identical workers who did not. Our findings suggest that initiatives promoting housing stability could promote employment stability.Link

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Harvard Sociologist Matthew Desmond named MacArthur Fellow

Harvard Sociologist Matthew Desmond named MacArthur Fellow. September 28, 2015, Video. “Matthew Desmond is a social scientist and ethnographer revealing the impact of eviction on the lives of the urban poor and its role in perpetuating racial and economic inequality. In his investigations of the low-income rental market and eviction in privately owned housing in Milwaukee, Desmond argues persuasively that eviction is a cause, rather than merely a symptom, of poverty. He created the Milwaukee Area Renters Study, examined court records, and conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork to construct a vivid picture of the remarkably high rates of eviction…” Link

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Housing, Poverty, and the Law

Housing, Poverty, and the Law. Matthew Desmond, July 22, 2015, Paper. “Throughout much of the late twentieth century, social scientists and legal scholars focused considerable attention on low-income housing and landlord-tenant law. In recent years, however, interest in housing has waned, leaving many questions fundamental to the poverty debate unanswered. This article calls for a renewed focus on housing, law, and poverty, with particular attention to the housing sector where most low-income families live, unassisted: the private rental market. Surveying social-scientific research, legal analysis, and case history on affordability…Link

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Forced relocation and residential instability among urban renters

Forced relocation and residential instability among urban renters. Matthew Desmond, June 1, 2015, Paper. Residential instability often brings about other forms of instability in families, schools, and communities that compromise the life chances of adults and children. Social scientists have found that low-income families move frequently without fully understanding why. Drawing on novel data of more than 1,000 Milwaukee renters, this article explores the relationship between forced relocation and residential instability. It finds that low incomes are associated with higher rates of mobility due to poorer renters’ greater exposure to forced displacement. Not only do higher rates of formal and informal eviction, landlord foreclosure, and building condemnation directly increase the mobility of poorer renters, but forced displacement also increases subsequent unforced mobility. A forced move often compels renters to accept substandard housing, which drives them to soon move again …” Link

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Who speaks for the dispossessed?

Who speaks for the dispossessed? Matthew Desmond, April 22, 2015, Paper. “This commentary articulates three perspectives on race in America: economic determinism, institutionalism and a field-theoretic approach. It argues that William Julius Wilson’s masterwork, The Declining Significance of Race, was informed by the first and anticipated the latter two. Wilson’s most profound and enduring legacy is his unwavering concern for the dispossessed...” Link

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