Four in 10 low-income people in Indiana are homeless or pay over half their income for rent, often forgoing necessities like food or medicine to keep a roof over their heads, according to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. An estimated 19,000 Indiana school children lived in shelters, on the street, doubled up with other families, or in hotels/motels during the 2016-17 school year, according to the center.
Local experts will address these challenges and more during a panel discussion at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 West Hawthorne St., Zionsville. Presented by Boone County Voices for Change (BCVC), the event is free and open to the public.
The discussion is the culmination of BCVC’s One Book project, in which the 1,000-member organization read a common book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, “Evicted” illustrates how eviction, poverty, and dangerous living conditions are intricately linked in American cities.
It is not necessary to read the book to appreciate this general-interest discussion. Join BCVC to hear from these panelists and more:
• Susan Hyatt, chair of the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Hyatt spent eight years working as a community organizer in Southwest Chicago and has conducted several community-based research projects involving issues of housing, welfare and race both in Indianapolis and abroad.
• Kathryn Ransburg, an Indianapolis-area attorney specializing in tenant/landlord law and real estate. Ransburg has extensive experience in legal matters related to housing and rentals and has witnessed first hand the toll eviction takes on both tenants and landlords.
• Andy Beck, marketing and public relations committee chair at Homes for All Indy. Homes For All aims to protect, defend, and expand housing that is truly affordable and dignified for low-income and very low-income communities.
• Tracy Beer, McKinney Vento liaison for Lawrence Township schools. Beer serves as the primary contact between homeless families and school staff, helping coordinate services and transportation to ensure that homeless youths have the opportunity to succeed academically.
Registration is requested, but not required. To register, use the link: https://www.eventbrite.com and search under event for BCVC.
BCVC is a nonpartisan grassroots organization interested in bringing balance to the political conversation in Boone County. “Evicted” and a separate, 24-page summary of the book are available in print, digital and audio formats on amazon.com.