Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families spend more than half of their income on housing. Eviction has become routine—part of a vicious cycle that deepens our country’s vast inequality. In this lecture, Matthew Desmond tells the story of eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, Desmond transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem.