Matthew Desmond, MacArthur Genius awardee and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, will receive the 2018 Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award at NLIHC’s annual Housing Leadership Awards Reception taking place in Washington DC on March 20. Make a donation in Dr. Desmond’s honor and/or register to attend the event today.
The Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award, named for former NLIHC president and CEO Sheila Crowley, goes to an outstanding leader who has elevated the conversation around affordable housing for those most in need.
Matthew Desmond is the first-ever recipient of the Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award. He was chosen for his groundbreaking work on the need for affordable housing for the lowest income people in America. Dr. Desmond is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University and the principal investigator of The Eviction Lab. In his brilliant book Evicted, Dr. Desmond brings readers into the lives of eight families struggling to get by in the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee, and demonstrates how, in Dr. Desmond’s words, “eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty.” Through this book and others, his articles in major news publications and journals, and public appearances around the country, Dr. Desmond has heightened public and policy-maker awareness about issues of racial, social, and housing justice and called for bold solutions.
The other 2018 honorees are Lisa Hasegawa, former executive director of the National Coalition for Asian and Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD) and NLIHC board member, who will receive the Cushing Dolbeare Lifetime Achievement Award, and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), who will receive the Edward Brooke Housing Leadership award.
Please make a Leadership Award Reception sponsorship donation honoring these leaders and supporting NLIHC’s mission of promoting socially just public policy to ensure the lowest income people in America have decent, affordable homes. To register for the 2018 Leadership Reception at which Dr. Desmond, Ms. Hasegawa, and Ms. Collins will be recognized, contact Christina Sin at firstname.lastname@example.org or register online (a separate ticket from the NLIHC Housing Policy Forum, taking place the same week, is required to attend the reception).