We delve into an epidemic impacting thousands of Americans across the Tri-State every year: eviction. Harvard University professor Matthew Desmond gives us a firsthand look at the harsh realities of living in a trailer park. The sociologist made one his home for about half a year and watched as families were evicted and forced into shelters. Desmond took thousands of pages of notes as he chronicled their stories. That research has been called “the most comprehensive, detailed data on American urban poverty, housing and eviction” and is now the foundation of his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.
Resources for Fighting Eviction
NEW YORK CITY BASED RESOURCES
For New York City residents in danger of losing their homes, check out the city’s official eviction resources webpage. Here you’ll find helpful numbers and links.
EIS HOUSING RESOURCE CENTER
At the EIS Housing Resource Center, the mission is simple: preventing homelessness. The organization does this by keeping residents in their communities, preserving affordable housing, and promoting and supporting the construction of new apartments for low, moderate and middle-income households.
COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS
According to its website, the Coalition for the Homeless’s Eviction Prevention Program saves more than 600 households each year, preventing families from ending up on the streets. Learn more about how they are keeping people in their own homes and out of the shelter system.
LEGAL AID SOCIETY
The Legal Aid Society offers free legal services to low-income New Yorkers in the five boroughs and focuses on housing and fighting eviction. Find out more about how you can utilize their programs.