7th Annual Poverty Forum
“Evicted: Housing Crisis in WNC”
presented  together with


featuring Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of “Evicted” 
Matthew Desmond

Photo by Michael Kienitz

Thursday, September 28, 2017
The Sherrill Center/Kimmel Arena, UNC Asheville

Tickets: $50/person Cocktail Reception; $15/person for Forum only
5:30 pm Cocktail Reception; 7:00 Forum

Tickets go on sale August 15th.
Sponsorship opportunities are now available.
Contact Betsy Ellis at Pisgah Legal Services at 828-210-3444.  


About the Speaker

Dr. Matthew Desmond is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project.

His New York Times bestselling book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City draws on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data. Evicted won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, National Books Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, he is also the author of On the Fireline, coauthor of two books on race, and editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America.

In 2015, Desmond was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” grant.


About the Poverty Forum

This is the seventh year Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) has hosted a forum to draw attention to the plight of people living in poverty in WNC. Last year PLS helped more than 15,000 people in the mountain region, almost 3,000 of which had critical housing issues.

For more information about the event, contact Betsy Ellis at Pisgah Legal Services at 828-210-3444. 


Special thanks to the following sponsors:

Partners For Justice
The following generously provide $5,000 or more each year in financial
or in-kind support to Pisgah Legal Services. Thank you for your support!




Shelley and Kirk Brown

Chaddick Foundation



hiwire-logoJay Kerr Law 2011

Sue and Raymond McClinton


Greg Olson and Rosalind Willis

Eleanor and Charlie Owen

Mary and Charlie Owen

RHA Health Services Universal Logo - color


Jacquelyn and Bruce Rogow

Charlie and Susan Shanor

Tom and Pam Siekman


Jane and Bill Swafford

Pam and Jim Turner

Senator Terry Van Duyn

Walnut Cove Members Association


Event Sponsors
Beverly-Hanks & Associates
Jenny and Travis Boyer

Pat Deck
Cassie Dillon
Cindy and Tom Donahue
Anna and Kerry Friedman
Judy Futch Consulting
Linda and Chris Greensfelder

Leslie Sladky Hillman and Ed Hillman
Kennon and Bill Jamieson
Bob and Julie Johnson
Legal Aid of North Carolina

Lee Anne and Peter Mangone
Ed and Suzy Rankin

Mosaic Lifestyle Realty
Ethel and John Piper
Samsel Architects
Caron and Brian Smith
Town and Mountain Realty
Whole Foods Market

Windsor Boutique Hotel