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Join the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council (EHOC) at the 2017 Annual Fair Housing Conference, featuring Matthew Desmond, best-selling author of Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City.
Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. Through a keynote address and panel discussions, this conference will provide an in-depth look at evictions and other current fair housing challenges in the St. Louis region.
8:15 AM Registration Opens | light continental breakfast
9:00 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Keynote Address: Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City
Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University
Introduced by Michael Sherraden, Director, Center for Social Development
Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.
10:30 – 11:00 AM Break and Book Signing
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Panel: St. Louis Eviction Stories
St. Louis is no exception to the trend of cities with increasing rates of evictions. Through a series of short presentations, each panelist will highlight a story that demonstrates the impact of evictions in the St. Louis region. Each story will focus on a unique issue, including the difficulty in defending tenant’s rights in eviction cases, the standard of implied warranty of habitability, and how local nuisance or crime-free ordinances are fueling more evictions that disproportionately affect women, families of color, and people with disabilities.
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Lunch Break | boxed lunches provided
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM Panel: Solutions and Next Steps
Evictions can have a devastating impact on a family that makes it more difficult to find safe and quality housing, maintain employment, and continue children’s educations, all of which perpetuate a vicious cycle of poverty. Panelists will discuss specific recommendations and action steps to overcome these challenges, including preventing illegal informal evictions, addressing the impact of nuisance enforcement, increasing access to opportunity areas, and promoting affordable and fair housing for all.
Moderator: Molly Metzger, Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM Closing Remarks
Daniel Glazier, Executive Director and General Counsel, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.
About the Keynote Speaker
Matthew Desmond is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project at Harvard University. His primary teaching and research interests include urban sociology, poverty, race and ethnicity, organizations and work, social theory, and ethnography. In 2015, Desmond was awarded his MacArthur “Genius” grant for “revealing the impact of eviction on the lives of the urban poor and its role in perpetuating racial and economic inequality.”
Matthew Desmond’s New York Times bestselling book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, draws on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data. It was named one of the Top Books of 2016 by nearly three dozen outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus, Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal. Including it on her personal best-of-the-year list, Jennifer Senior of the New York Times also called it 2016’s most “unignorable” book: “Nothing else this year came close.” For more information on Matthew Desmond, please visit justshelter.org.
Interested in sponsoring the conference? Please contact Elisabeth Risch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-534-5800 ext. 7012.
8:15 AM – Registration
9:00 AM – Opening Remarks
9:30 AM – Keynote Presentation
10:30 AM – Break & Book Signing
11:00 AM – Panel Discussion 1
12:00 PM – Lunch Break – Boxed Lunches
12:45 PM – Panel Discussion 2
1:45 PM – Closing Remarks
Center for Social Development
Central Bank of St. Louis
Clark-Fox Policy Institute
Stifel Bank & Trust
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
St. Louis Association of REALTORS
Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series
Capital Consultants, Inc.
EM Harris Construction
Brown School of Social Work
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development