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  • 2019 United Church of Christ #AllChurchRead

    The persistence and brutality of American poverty can be disheartening, leaving us cynical about solutions. But as Scott and Patrice will tell you, a good home can serve as the sturdiest of footholds. When people have a place to live, they become better parents, workers, and citizens.” This book, which is one I will eventually own I hope, is a knockout punch to those who say housing is plentiful in the US. When a majority of us are one paycheck from being on the street, Matthew Desmond gives example of people who actually got evicted from their homes and gives us backstory and what happened when the last thing they wanted or needed was to lose whatever sense of roots they had. As a retired person; as a former shelter worker, a social worker, and a justice advocate I am glad the United Church of Christ has made this an #AllChurchRead in hopes that the dialogue it provokes will challenge us to walk our talk just a little better. Highly Recommended 5/5

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  • Depressing

    Of course a book about the poorest areas of Milwaukee and the struggles of the tenants who live there is not an upbeat story. But this is a remarkably depressing and equally boring read. The 1950’s Happy Days Milwaukee this most definitely is not. The people who are the principle subjects are caught in a battle against poverty they have less than zero chance of winning. But at the end of the day, this book is just plain boring. The only reason I read it in its entirety, was out of desperation to hopefully see some glimmer of hope which never materialized.

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