Last week I just finished reading Evicted by Matthew Desmond. It is a book that I will be thinking about for a very very long time. The book follows the lives of a handful of families in Milwaukee who have either fallen into drugs or came from an endless cycle of abuse and poverty. It is a heart-wrenching reminder of how some of the laws and systems in this country create an endless a cycle of despair.
Desmond writes without prejudice, he simply just tells the facts and that is what others outside of this cycle need to read. It is housing that is our basic need more than anything else. Without a roof over our heads, with out a safe place to live, without a sense of community or family under that roof, the next generation of children growing up in squalor and fear of constant eviction that seems to be a way of life, we will never break the cycle of despair.
Read the book.