Reception & Lecture
Thursday, March 9, 2017
6:30pm –  7:15pm   |   Lecture begins at 7:30pm

Heathman Hotel, 1001 SW Broadway, Fremont Room
Lecture across the street at 1037 SW Broadway

Habitat for Humanity has reserved a block of tickets for the March 9 lecture by the engaging author and national housing advocate, Matthew Desmond for the discounted price of $31.50 each and warmly welcome our guests to join Habitat CEO Steve Messinetti for a complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres reception prior to the lecture and dessert and coffee immediately following.

Desmond’s book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City was selected by the Multnomah County Library for its 2017 Everybody Reads program. In partnership with the Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation, Literary Arts will present a lecture by Desmond as the culminating event of the 15th annual Everybody Reads program. Through the lives of eight low-income families, Evicted sheds light on the complex issues surrounding housing and its link to poverty. The book was selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and Wall Street Journal’s Hottest Spring Nonfiction Books. 

Desmond, a Harvard sociologist and MacArthur Fellowship recipient, offers a national perspective on one of the most pressing issues facing Portland. During this special evening, guests will have a unique opportunity share perspectives on Habitat’s affordable homeownership model and discuss how Habitat’s work in Portland aligns with the national discourse on poverty and housing.  It’s an evening not to miss!

Thank you to Regence for their generous support of this special event.