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In collaboration with the Honors Program, these are library provided links to reviews, interviews, documents, and pertinent websites to support the freshman summer reading project.

About First Pages

First Pages was established to develop a sense of common knowledge and purpose as students move into their first year at Northeastern University. The book is the foundation for a series of programming events during Welcome Week including a visit from the author.  

The goals of the project are to present a challenging and engaging text which will provide insight into an important issue and bring faculty, administrators, staff, upper-class students and new students together outside of a traditional classroom setting. The selection for Fall 2018 is Evicted: Poverty and Profit in The American City by Matthew Desmond.

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Matthew Desmond Information

Websites and organizations affiliated with Matthew Desmond


Eviction Lab

Just Shelter

Urban Sociologist Matthew Desmond, 2015 MacArthur Fellow



RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences: Severe Deprivation in America, Volumes 1 & 2. (2015) 

Race in America with Mustafa Emirbayer (2015)

The Racial Order with Mustafa Emirbayer (2015)

On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters (2007)



About "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City"

Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.

Interviews and book reviews

Boston & Massachusetts Housing Initiatives

Housing A changing City: Boston 2030 - "By the year 2030, Boston will reach more than 700,000 residents, a number the city has not seen since the 1950s. Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030 is the Walsh administrations's comprehensive housing plan."  The site includes the original Boston 2030 plan, reports from 2015-2018, and the reports archives. 

City of Boston: Neighborhood Development 
Read more about Boston's neighborhood development plans to create and build affordable housing for all. 

Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development 

Boston Housing Authority 

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