‘Evicted’ author draws 935 attendees

MILWAUKEE – Jewish Family Services hosted a talk with Professor Matthew Desmond, author of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, “Evicted – Poverty and Profit in the American City.”

The book follows families in Milwaukee as an example of nationwide issues.

The talk, part of the JFS 150th anniversary celebration, gathered 935 attendees at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino’s Event Center on May 16, according to spokeswoman Rachel Kern.

“Hosting this event was central to sharing our Jewish values and our desire to heal the world. The prevalence of evictions and the harm that it causes to families and children in our community is one of the most important issues to bring to light,” said Donna Triplett, vice president of development and communications for JFS.

“Jewish Family Services is committed to safe and affordable housing options and to work with others to develop real solutions. Matthew Desmond’s ‘Evicted’ has delivered the message and now we all must be committed to taking action.”