Section 8 stigma continues to leave low-income families with no place to live

Overlooked communities In Allegheny County, only 30 to 45 affordable rental units exist for every 100 low-income families. It is a housing deficit that perpetuates the cycle of poverty in the Pittsburgh region.

Today, Matthew Desmond — Harvard sociologist and author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City — spoke at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church to a room full of landlords, tenants, magistrates, housing policy experts and lawyers to discuss potential solutions to the shortage of affordable housing.

Find out more about the 8.3 million U.S. adults living in suburban poverty

In American suburbs, earning a low income is not the only symptom of poverty. Of the 8.3 million adults in suburban poverty, there was almost always one other impoverishing factor — most commonly, a lack of health insurance, according to research from the Metropolitan Policy Program and the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institute.

 

Pressure to plead?

In Allegheny County, more than half of all homicide convictions came from a guilty plea, according to a PublicSource analysis of about 270 resolved cases filed since 2010. That’s a snapshot of a longstanding local, state and national practice that allows for quicker, more predictable prosecutions.