On Thursday, September 20, 2018, from 4:00 – 5:30, Tackling T.I.N.A. will host its first public discussion of the semester. This free public event focuses on how personal narratives can reveal and disrupt exploitative housing practices. For this discussion, we will consider the types of relationships that emerge between renters and landlords, and how money comes to define their choices. Find out all of the details below:

Readings

  • Read:The Sick,” “E-24,” and “Epilogue: Home and Hope” from Evicted, by Matthew Desmond –  You can download these selections or buy the book and support the author. The first two selections offer personal narratives of families facing the threat of eviction and highlight the difficult financial choices the working poor must make daily. The Epilogue, by contrast, is Desmond’s call to action, presenting a series of solutions that will help families stay in their home. The author has put together a reading group study guide if you’d like to see the sort of questions we will discuss prior to attending.
  • Explore: The Eviction Lab Online – the first and most comprehensive nationwide database of evictions. Find out how many evictions happen in your community. Spend some time with this online resource and see how areas in the Lehigh Valley different from one another and from the rest of the country. The Map & Data page, for instance, makes it easy to compare multiple cities, as I have done in the screenshot below. There’s much more information than what I’ve included here, so be sure to click on the link above and explore the information on your own. We want to hear about your discoveries at the community discussion.
Eviction Lab Online Screen Shot

Eviction Lab Online makes it easy to compare eviction rates throughout the Lehigh Valley. This data reveals the differences between Bethlehem, Allentown, and Easton.

Community Facilitators

  • Diane “Dee” Elliott – Executive Director, New Bethany Ministries
  • Marc Rittle – Vice President of Impact, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

Save the Date:

  • When: Thursday, 9/20 from 4:00 – 5:30
  • Where: New Bethany Ministries (339 W 4th Street, Bethlehem, 18015)

Feature Image Credit: “Homeless” by wildwise studio via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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