Today on NPR’s Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviews Matthew Desmond, who helps put the eviction crisis in perspective.
Desmond, on the estimate that 2.3 million people faced eviction in 2016:
“That’s twice the number of Americans that die in car accidents every day. That’s twice the number of people who get arrested for drug offenses every year. We heard a lot about the opioid crisis last year, and for good reason, it’s an incredibly important topic. There are around 63,000 overdose deaths in 2016 and about 2.3 million people evicted, so for every tragic overdose there are 36 people that are pushed into the street. This is a problem of enormous scope and consequence.”