Analysis Of The Monster Named Eviction By Matthew Desmond
Eviction tends to turn into a vicious cycle where the evictee cannot escape. They use more than half of their income to pay rent, get evicted for any number of reasons, and then are forced to move with no money for new rent. With no money for new rent, they cannot pay and are again evicted- never able to escape the cycle. Some may ask why tenants do not just save their money, but as Demond learned, “Saving and stability become wishes, and some days children go hungry because the rent eats first” (page unavailable). He continues to explain how the United States government has the money to fix much of this problem, but decides to spend the money elsewhere. Politicians before have tried to better the problem of eviction and homelessness, but many of their grand plans have fallen through, leaving families in the same rat hole. Because poverty is such a difficult environment to escape, and since the government is not proficiently helping, millions of families are stuck in a never ending cycle of misery.
Reader’s eyes were opened widely and blurred by tears while reading the true stories of Milwaukeeans in Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Matthew Desmond was able to capture the heart-breaking details of the evicted life for the families in his book, biasly show sympathy for them, and address the ways he wishes society could fix the problems for them.