Here’s an excellent piece I caught online on the New York Review of Books website. Jason deParle reviews Matthew Diamond’s latest book Kicked Out in America! With almost eight years of research, Mr. Diamond examines the low-income housing situation in the city of Milwaukee and how evictions destabilize neighborhoods and families.He writes that low-income households pay up to 70 percent of their income to have a roof over their head; and leaves little left for such basics as food.
By just reading the review, this book does keep things in perspective, for me at least. It seems that for every dead beat renter, who is a fly by night operator, there are in fact people who really do need a place to call home. What developers have to do in Montgomery County Maryland (where low-income housing units are integrated into a larger high-income project) should be nationwide in my opinion. Kicked Out in America! seems like a really interesting read.