The most affecting aspect of this book was the extent to which the author made friends with the characters in his enthnography. In spite of obvious character flaws, the people in Evicted are human and display compassion in the midst of horrible circumstances.

From a political perspective, it’s clear that we are failing a great many people, and that wealth does not trickle down, and never has. Desmond artfully avoids injecting his opinion in the piece, but at the end of the work makes a solid argument about the usefulness of housing subsidies.

A warm and safe place to live ought to be a human right, and in a capitalist housing market, the only way to affect meaningful change appears to be subsidizing the expense of a decent place to live based on total family income.