#EvictedExhibition

Matthew Desmond and his book ‘Evicted’, explain the affects on a person’s life when they have been evicted. However, what isn’t be explored is how people can be helped with everyday expenses that allow them to be successful in life so that they can pay rent. Every landlord will tell you that before they start an eviction they have provided an alternative, payment plan or resources to agency who may be able to assist them with paying rent. Eviction are simply a last resort for landlords! A tenant who is unable to pay rent needs the support of their community. Landlords are one member of that community. How are other community members helping to provide or keep tenants in their housing?

From the website www.ndm.org

The National Building Museum announces a new, ground-breaking exhibition exploring the causes and impacts of eviction.

Eviction occurs when renters are forcibly removed from their home by court order. Evictions and the threat of removal are disproportionately experienced by African American single mothers in many cities, but affect people of all backgrounds. An eviction record can mean that a family is now ineligible for other subsidies such as public housing. It can make job-hunting more difficult, if not nearly impossible. Finding a new place to live becomes almost a full-time job, especially in a sprawling metropolitan area without a car.

Housing instability threatens all aspects of family life: health, jobs, school, and personal relationships. Landlords hesitate to rent to those with eviction records, or charge them extra money, causing a devastating negative feedback loop. Children switch schools too often to make friends or be noticed and helped by teachers; neighbors cannot develop bonds; personal belongings are left in storage or out on the street. Americans often take home for granted—homes forms the building blocks of community life—and this stability is under attack when eviction looms.

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