2016 Jane Harrison Speaker Series on the Importance of Housing
The Jane Harrison Speaker Series on the Importance of Housing, an annual event sponsored by HPRP, has brought a wide range of experts to Baltimore. This year's Speaker Series presented Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. The free event was co-sponsored by the Public Justice Center and the Baltimore Bar Foundation.
A full house greeted Dr. Desmond at the University of Baltimore on September 29. "I think we need to keep the message simple and direct," he said in his remarks. "We can't fix poverty without fixing housing."
Dr. Desmond spoke about his research into eviction and its impact on the lives of those living in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the country. Following Dr. Desmond, a panel representing tenant, landlord, and judicial perspectives discussed housing and eviction issues, and solutions, in Baltimore, where 7,000 families are evicted each year.
Hon. Mark Scurti, Associate Judge, Baltimore City District Court
Karen Wabeke, Senior Staff Attorney, Homeless Persons Representation Project
Zafar Shah, Staff Attorney, Public Justice Center
Rick M. Grams, Attorney, Sagal, Filbert, Quasney & Betten P.A.
Jessica Lewis, Lead Organizer, Right to Housing Alliance
#Evicted and The Jane Harrison Speaker Series on the Importance of Housing is supported by:
The Baltimore Bar Foundation, Inc.
Enterprise Community Partners
Susan D. Bennett & John C. Eidleman
University of Baltimore
For information on previous events, click here.
Photo: Eric Stocklin