Published December 9, 2020

On Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 PM ET, you’re invited to join us as MacArthur “Genius” and Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond (Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City) discusses his book and his work on housing access and affordability as well as broader, longstanding issues of critical importance to the health of our nation: income and housing insecurity. Desmond will be in conversation with Kevin McDonald, UVA’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Partnerships.

In presenting this event, we appreciate the planning support of Elaine Poon, Legal Aid Justice Center, and Sunshine Mathon, Piedmont Housing Alliance.

  • Legal Aid Justice Center partners with communities and clients to achieve justice by dismantling systems that create and perpetuate poverty. Justice means racial justice, social justice, and economic justice.
  • Piedmont Housing Alliance seeks to create affordable housing opportunities and to foster community through education, lending, and equitable development. Their service area is Planning District 10, which consists of the counties of Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson and the city of Charlottesville.

Thanks also to our many community partners for their aid in sharing information about this event:  

  • Albemarle County Community Development Department works to keep our community going and to guide projects in an effective manner, related to managing land use policies set by the County Board of Supervisors and various related functions connected to land use.
  • Albemarle Housing Improvement Program – AHIP is a non-profit organization that works year-round to provide emergency repairs, home rehabs, and energy-efficiency upgrades to families in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Their mission is to ensure safe, affordable homes for their neighbors in need.
  • Building Goodness Foundation is a nonprofit organization that builds and renovates homes, schools, clinics, and community spaces for disadvantaged people, both locally and internationally. BGF connects skilled volunteers from the design and construction industries with opportunities to use their professional skills for a good cause.
  • Central Virginia Regional Housing Partnership serves as an official advisory board, created by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, in partnership with the public, private, nonprofit, and citizen stakeholders related to housing.
*Stat from Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice was founded in the 1980s, when community members came together to counter the Cold War threat of nuclear war and escalating arms buildup. Since then, their mission for peace and nonviolence has expanded to embrace many connected social and political issues.
  • Charlottesville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is an African-American women’s service organization, and the Charlottesville chapter has worked diligently to bring the Arts to our community.
  • Charlottesville Tomorrow is a hyperlocal journalism nonprofit with a mission to expand civic engagement and foster a vibrant, inclusive, and interdependent community.
*Stat from Eviction Lab
  • Clergy and Laity United for Justice and Peace is an interfaith group of clergy and lay people in central Virginia who believe that the voice of the religious right on crucial issues of justice, peace, and the common good has gone effectively unanswered. Therefore they seek to help build a more faithful community of conscience and to stimulate action in the arena of public policy.
  • The Democracy Initiative at UVA aspires to excellence in integrated research, teaching and public engagement on democracy at a global scale—bringing together a diverse range of scholars, government leaders, and practitioners to study and advance the prospects of democracy around the world.
  • The Equity Center at UVA aims to tangibly redress racial and economic inequity in university communities by advancing a transformative approach to the fundamental research mission, which will, in turn, reform institutional values, pedagogy, and operations
*Stat from Eviction Lab

  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville brings people together to build and rebuild homes and communities while catalyzing new pathways to safe, decent, affordable housing.
  • The Haven strives to be the point of entry for people seeking stable housing. Every day, their trained staff and dedicated community volunteers come together, working side by side to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring for their neighbors.
  • Jefferson School African American Heritage Center strives to honor and preserve the rich heritage and legacy of the African-American community of Charlottesville-Albemarle, Virginia and to promote a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, the contributions of African Americans and peoples of the Diaspora locally, nationally and globally.
  • Mapping Cville is a digital project that maps inequities in Charlottesville from past to present. Through mapping Charlottesville, the project will allow the public to see the bigger, more complicated, structures and decisions that have gotten us to where we are today — so that we may better think about where we want to go tomorrow.
  • Network2Work@PVCC is a job network that connects job seekers to the skills and resources they need to become valued employees and helps employers find the quality employees they need for their companies.
  • New City Arts Initiative is a collaborative non-profit fostering engagement with the arts in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • PACEM is a grassroots organization that coordinates space and volunteers to provide shelter for individuals in our community who are homeless. 
  • Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR) seeks to educate and empower low-income residents to protect and improve our own communities through collective action.
  • Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission serves our local governments by providing regional vision, collaborative leadership and professional service to develop effective solutions.
  • UVA Department of Urban and Environmental Planning prepares future planners to tackle the critical challenges faced by cities around the world. In the classroom and beyond, they prepare students to actively plan for tomorrow’s cities through innovative strategies of analysis, design, policy and community engagement.
*Stat from Legal Aid Justice Center
  • UVA Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion assists and monitors all units of the University in their efforts to recruit and retain faculty, staff, and students from historically underrepresented groups and to provide affirmative and supportive environments for work and life at the University of Virginia.
  • UVA Institute for Engagement & Negotiation is a nationally recognized leader in fostering collaborative change across a broad range of environmental, social and economic issues. Their work spans four areas: sustainable environment; resilient communities; health, food and social equity; and building capacity through training and leadership.
  • UVA Library collects, preserves, organizes, and shares materials of all varieties, providing unfettered access to an accumulation of knowledge, two centuries in the making.
*Stat from Legal Aid Justice Center
  • University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE) began in 2007 as an effort to help the University of Virginia and the Charlottesville area communities work together to understand the University’s history of slavery, segregation, and discrimination and to find ways to address and repair the legacy of those harms.
  • Virginia Housing was created in 1972 by the General Assembly to help Virginians attain quality, affordable housing. They carry out this mission by working in public-private partnerships with local governments, community service organizations, lenders, realtors, developers and many others.
  • Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives.


This event was funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and their support for the Virginia Humanities initiative, Changing the Narrative Through the Power of Story.

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