Jewish Family Services Presents:  
Home and Hope - A Community Call to Action 
featuring Evicted author, Professor Matthew Desmond 

May 16, 2018 - Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Milwaukee, WI  


Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM CDT
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Potawatomi Hotel and Casino 
1721 W Canal St
Milwaukee, WI 53233

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Andrea Robertson 
Jewish Family Services 

_ Matthew Desmond


As part of our 150th Anniversary Celebration, Jewish Family Services (JFS) convenes this community wide call to action event to address the urgent need for safe and affordable housing, which has emerged as a leading social justice issue of our time.

JFS proudly welcomes Professor Matthew Desmond, whose local research, as chronicled in the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, Evicted – Poverty and Profit in the American City, casts a spotlight on a complex problem that demands collaborative solutions. 

In naming Evicted one of the ten best books of 2016, the New York Times described it as “An exhaustively researched, vividly realized and above all unignorable book – after Evicted, it will no longer be possible to have a serious discussion about poverty without having a serious discussion about housing.”


Admission Costs:

Individual tickets cost $125 and include a copy of Evicted.

Reserved tables for 8 guests cost $1,500.

  Corporate Sponsorships range from $5,000 to $25,000.

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Event Schedule:

11:00 am - Registration

Exhibition: Crossing the Line - The Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968, on display throughout the event, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Bookstore: Boswell Book Company will be onsite to sell a special selection of books written by Professor Matthew Desmond.

12:00 - 1:45 pm – Lunch and Keynote address by Matthew Desmond, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Evicted - Poverty and Profit in the American City

2:00  - 3:30 pm – Community Stakeholders Panel Discussion



Earl Buford, President and CEO
Employ Milwaukee, Inc.

John Chisholm, District Attorney
 Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office

Jennifer Sevenich, CEO
Progressive Community Health Centers

Wyman Winston, Executive Director
WHEDA: Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority


Paula Penebaker, CEO
YWCA Southeastern Wisconsin