Plongée dans le quotidien disloqué de huit foyers des quartiers pauvres de Milwaukee, au Wisconsin, où chaque jour, des dizaines de ménages sont expulsés de leurs maisons. Arleen élève ses garçons avec les 20 dollars qui lui restent pour tout le mois, après avoir payé le loyer. Lamar, amputé des jambes, s'occupe des gamins du quartier en plus d'éduquer ses deux fils. Scott, infirmier devenu toxicomane après une hernie discale, vit dans un mobile home insalubre. Tous sont pris dans l'engrenage de l'endettement et leur sort est entre les mains de leurs propriétaires, que l'on suit aussi au fil du récit.
Fruit de longues années de terrain, ce livre montre comment la dégradation des politiques du logement et la déréglementation du marché de l'immobilier fabriquent et entretiennent l'endettement chronique et la pauvreté, une violente épidémie qui s'avère très rentable pour certains et qui frappe surtout les plus vulnérables, en l'occurrence les femmes noires. Ouvrage magistral et captivant qui offre un regard précis et juste sur la pauvreté et un implacable plaidoyer pour le droit à un habitat digne pour tous
'Essential. A compelling and damning exploration of the abuse of one of our basic human rights: shelter.' Owen JonesArleen spends nearly all her money on rent but is kicked out with her kids in Milwaukee's coldest winter for years. Doreen's home is so filthy her family call it 'the rat hole'. Lamar, a wheelchair-bound ex-soldier, tries to work his way out of debt for his boys. Scott, a nurse turned addict, lives in a gutted-out trailer. This is their world. And this is the twenty-first century: where fewer and fewer people can afford a simple roof over their head.From abandoned slums to shelters, eviction courts to ghettoes, Matthew Desmond spent years living with and recording the stories of those struggling to survive - yet who won't give up. A work of love, care and humanity, Evicted reminds us why, without a home, nothing else is possible. It is one of the most necessary books of our time.'This is an extraordinary and crucial piece of work. Read it. Please, read it' - Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family 'Sensitive, achingly beautiful' - Robert D. Putnam, author of Our Kids
New York Times BestsellerFrom Harvard sociologist and MacArthur "e;Genius"e; 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. The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs one of the worst trailer parks in Milwaukee. They loathe some of their tenants and are fond of others, but as Sherrena puts it, ';Love don't pay the bills.' She moves to evict Arleen and her boys a few days before Christmas. Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America's vast inequalityand to people's determination and intelligence in the face of hardship. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.From the Hardcover edition.