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No Place Like Home in Arlington - Source Connection news papers

Posted on May 16,2018
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Group book discussion of “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” with from left front: Peggy Greenwood, Rev. Laura Martin, Elaine Eder, and Easterlyn Walters. Photo by Shirley Ruhe.

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By Shirley Ruhe

This is the second in a series focusing on affordable housing in Arlington.

The afternoon started off as a discussion of “Evicted,” the story of eight families in Milwaukee by Pulitzer prize-winning author Matthew Desmond. The author has personal experience, since his own parents went through a foreclosure. The people he interviews live in a world where they know nothing is free, and everyone gets something in return.

He admits that, of course, he did want something — their stories.

In the last 30 years, evictions have become more prevalent, with African American women and children often hit the hardest. In Virginia last year, evictions totaled 150,541.

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