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Sherrena is one of the landlords in the book Evicted. She houses the author, among many others. After years as a teacher and a failed attempt at starting a daycare business, Sherrena decides to...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 11:23 pm UTC

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Arleen is one of the many tragic individuals in the real-life tale Evicted. Impoverished and living with her children, she is evicted from her apartment and needs to find new housing immediately....

Latest answer posted November 12, 2019 2:48 pm UTC

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The main topic of the book, housing insecurity, is inextricably tied to racism in America. For example, the author Matthew Desmond investigates the lower class housing scene in Milwaukee. He notes...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2019 12:17 am UTC

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The main themes of Evicted are the forces that lead to the huge numbers of American families who face eviction each year. The author traces several families who face eviction in Milwaukee. One of...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2018 7:28 pm UTC

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Poverty is the depressing motif that runs right throughout Matthew Desmond's Evicted. As the author is at pains to point out, poverty isn't simply the result of evictions and homelessness, but...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2018 7:49 am UTC

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Despite coming from different racial backgrounds—Sherrena is African-American and Tobin is white—they have both managed to find a way to make a lot of money out of the chronic housing crisis...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2020 11:57 am UTC

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Scott used to work as a nurse before his license was revoked due to addiction issues. He'd become hooked on painkillers and other opioids. Not only has Scott's addiction cost him his job, it's also...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2018 7:50 pm UTC

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It's fair to say that Larraine, a resident of the trailer park, has a bit of a problem when it comes to spending. She thinks nothing of blowing $200 on a jar of beauty cream instead of paying her...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2018 2:58 pm UTC

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The author of Evicted, Matthew Desmond, is referring to the fact that families with children are more likely to be evicted than those without. Indeed, they're at a distinct disadvantage when it...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2018 7:15 pm UTC

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In Evicted, sociologist Matthew Desmond takes a close look at the lives of eight families impacted by the affordable housing crisis. His research leads to an analysis of all of the factors at play...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2020 3:45 am UTC

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There are a number of reasons. For one thing, they're both drug addicts. Pam has made efforts in the past to stay off drugs, but without success. The couple's drug addictions have landed them in...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2018 11:54 am UTC

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The "'hood" has certainly been good for Sherrena. She's made an awful lot of money out of renting properties in the run-down black neighborhoods of Milwaukee's North Side. The chronic shortage of...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2018 7:53 pm UTC

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Vanetta and her three children are on the brink of being evicted. Vanetta's hours at the diner where she works have been drastically reduced, so much so that she's really struggling to make ends...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2018 2:18 pm UTC

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In Matthew Desmond's book Evicted, which was published in 2016, the author invites us along on a visit with eight families living in extreme poverty in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Here, it is a constant...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018 9:02 pm UTC

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Before Crystal moved into the apartment, Arleen and her two children were the tenants. Arleen's mother died and finances became tight, ultimately leading to eviction from the apartment. When...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019 7:10 pm UTC

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If you're writing a book about a contentious issue like housing, it's virtually impossible to avoid expressing a point of view. Matthew Desmond, the author of Evicted, is no different. He wants to...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2018 10:29 am UTC

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Like most poor people who end up in court, Vanetta has to rely on a public defender to make her case. Public defenders' offices in most states are notoriously understaffed and under-resourced,...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2018 7:04 am UTC

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The quote "Eviction is a cause, not just a condition of poverty," appears on page 299 of the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the America City by Matthew Desmond. It appears in the final chapter...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2019 8:49 pm UTC

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Class oppression and capitalist exploitation are the common realities that exist for people living in both the trailer park and the North Side of Milwaukee. In both living situations, the land lord...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2020 7:07 pm UTC

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The Hinkstons expect Sherrena to carry out repairs in their apartment when things get broken. After all, she's the landlord, and that's what landlords are supposed to do. But she doesn't,...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2018 10:31 am UTC

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In Matthew Desmond’s Evicted, Arleen Belle faces numerous challenges in her quest to achieve occupancy of a housing unit that is subsidized by the city of Milwaukee. The interconnected relevant...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2020 6:19 am UTC

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Evicted is made up of Matthew Desmond’s firsthand observations of the urban poverty he witnessed while he was living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The events in Evicted take place from 2008–2009, the...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2017 5:43 pm UTC

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The author of Evicted, Matthew Desmond, offers some practical solutions to the housing crisis. His main proposal is for the introduction of vouchers as a means of institutionalizing affordable...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2018 11:07 am UTC

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In short, the impact of eviction on the families and individuals in Evicted is catastrophic. It prevents them from putting down roots, from getting stable employment, and from developing lasting...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019 6:10 am UTC

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The United Nation’s Convention On The Rights Of The Child guarantees many rights to children—the right to education and of free expression but also the rights to leisure and play (article 31) and...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019 9:11 pm UTC

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Crystal Mayberry is trapped in a sad and destructive pattern of poverty, drug abuse, prostitution, and low self-worth. This pattern keeps putting her right back where she started, which is...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2019 7:58 pm UTC

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Matthew Desmond explains the complexities of the legal system in relation to tenant rights. The law offers some protection to people who cannot pay their rent, but the system is overburdened and...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2019 3:33 pm UTC

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Just to be clear, Sherrena and Tobin are not tenants; they're landlords. Sherrena, an ex-teacher, is an African-American woman making a substantial amount of money renting properties in the...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2020 1:23 pm UTC

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Sherrena, the inner-city landlord, attends a meeting of RING, which stands for Real Estate Investors' Networking Group. This is a group of lawyers, investors, assessors and other people involved in...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2018 5:19 pm UTC

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Although Matthew Desmond shows some positive aspects of the landlords’ behavior, most readers will find it hard to sympathize with their actions. Desmond further shows that when tenants fall...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2020 7:20 am UTC

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This is a common expression used in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other substance-abuse counseling groups. What it means is that one of the hallmarks of addiction is deception. Lies are...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2018 8:14 pm UTC

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Although Matthew Desmond conducted a thorough study of the eviction problem in the United States in the 2000s, he might have done more, or he might have proceeded differently. The approach that...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2020 3:55 am UTC

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Scott lives with Teddy in Tobin's trailer park. Both men have had substance abuse issues which have made it hard for them to get their lives back on track. Of the two, though, Scott is much more...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020 7:38 am UTC

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The government plays a role in facilitating the vicious cycle of poverty-based-evictions of tenants and insatiable profit-making-pursuits of landlords. For instance, federally funded housing...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2017 1:57 am UTC

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Tobin is the owner of a trailer park in Matthew Desmond's controversial book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, which explores some of Milwaukee's poorest neighborhoods and the...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020 5:33 pm UTC

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In Evicted Matthew Desmond, deals with the issue of diversity by showing us that both black and white people are victims of the chronic shortage of affordable housing, albeit not in quite the same...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2020 3:18 pm UTC

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Legally, Sherrena is perfectly justified in evicting Doreen. She has been withholding her rent while looking for another place to stay. Doreen has a history of being evicted from previous...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2018 5:34 pm UTC

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The landlords depicted in the book are there to make money out of their tenants. They don't see themselves as providers of charity, or as glorified social workers. They provide accommodation to...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2020 8:22 am UTC

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Kamala rents an apartment from Sherrena at 18th and Wright. One night, the apartment catches fire. The blaze is started when one of Kamala's daughters knocks over a lamp when she gets out of bed....

Latest answer posted March 22, 2018 9:21 am UTC

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Matthew Desmond, the author of Evicted, is a sociology professor at Harvard who teaches a class called "Poverty in America." Poverty is clearly a very important subject to him, both on a personal...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2018 2:07 pm UTC

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Ned's partner, Pam, has children from a previous relationship with an African American man. As such, those children are mixed-race. They act as a constant reminder to Ned of his family's lowly...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2018 11:41 am UTC

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More than anything else, they're afraid of being forced to live in the predominantly black neighborhoods of Milwaukee's North Side. Living conditions at the trailer park are pretty horrendous, but...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2018 10:32 am UTC

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Social services that require people either have dependent children or require that they have experienced sudden loss of income deny people without dependent children living in chronic poverty...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019 3:00 am UTC

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The relevant nuisance property ordinance allows the police to penalize landlords for their tenants' behavior. This costs landlords money, and reduces the profitability of their rental properties....

Latest answer posted February 28, 2018 7:07 pm UTC

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Many Americans face the problems outlined in Evicted and struggle to meet the basic needs of food, shelter, and employment. An increase in rent, a personal emergency, or unexpected expenses can...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2018 2:45 am UTC

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Sherrena rents out properties to low-income individuals and families in the roughest neighborhoods of Milwaukee. Thanks to Belinda, a large part of her client base consists of individuals in...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2018 12:13 pm UTC

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While most of the scholarship on eviction has focused on the effects of eviction on the tenants being evicted, the cycle of eviction also affects neighborhoods. To a degree, how neighborhoods are...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2018 3:24 pm UTC

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Although eviction affects individuals differently based on varying circumstances, through examining the accounts presented in Matthew Desmond's Evicted, we can conclude that extreme stress is...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2018 5:12 pm UTC

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Social workers have become increasingly involved in eviction prevention efforts, both as individuals and as part of general professional approaches that emphasize tenant advocacy and coordination...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2020 4:29 am UTC

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Tobin has a serious problem with nuisance tenants at the trailer park he owns. The problems have gotten so bad that the Common Council has become involved. Before a meeting of the Council, Tobin's...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2018 10:11 am UTC

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