Keynote: Matthew Desmond & the Housing Crisis in Cities

Tuesday, November 17
4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PT


Ensuring access to safe and affordable housing presents enormous challenges for local leaders — and COVID-19 has brought millions even closer to housing instability. The federal eviction moratorium and efforts by many local leaders to safely house homeless individuals have temporarily delayed the worst impacts of this crisis. But the reality of the pandemic means we need a sustained effort among national and local leaders to fully address it.​

​Dr. Matthew Desmond is the author of the Pulitzer-winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. We are thrilled to have him join us for our virtual Keynote: The Housing Crisis in Cities. Dr. Desmond will bring context to these challenges, with the research-based insights that made Evicted a must-read.

Link to access the keynote will be sent to registrants via email soon. We welcome all mayors, city staff, and friends of the Mayors Innovation Project to join us for this discussion.

Resources from our Speaker

  • Statement by Matthew Desmond, Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology Principal Investigator, Eviction Lab Princeton University before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services for the hearing “On the Brink of Homelessness: How the Affordable Housing Crisis and the Gentrification of America Is Leaving Families Vulnerable” January 14, 2020.
  • From the Eviction Lab:
  • JustShelter: a database of social and legal services for people facing eviction