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 [SOLD OUT!]; $15/person for Forum only [Tickets Still Available!]
5:30 pm Cocktail Reception; 7:00 Forum

Tickets on sale NOW – click here and buy online.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Contact Betsy Ellis at Pisgah Legal Services at 828-210-3444.  


About the Speaker

Matthew Desmond, PhD is a Princeton sociologist 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.

Check out this article he wrote earlier this year for The New York Times.


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
Mission Health

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
The Biltmore Company
Jenny and Travis Boyer
Bryan and Jean Brooks
Elizabeth Button
Carolina Public Press
Children First/Communities in Schools
Mark Collins and George White
Sarah V. Corley/ MediationWorks
Ron Curran and David Henderson

Patricia Deck
Cassie Dillon
Cindy and Tom Donahue
Earth Equity Advisors
Jennie Eblen and Rick Perkins
Dr. Bruce Elliston
Curry First and Patricia Robertson
Anna and Kerry Friedman
Judy Futch Consulting, Inc.
Linda and Chris Greensfelder
Tracy Hayes

Leslie Sladky Hillman and Ed Hillman
HomeTrust Bank

Kennon and Bill Jamieson
Bob and Julie Johnson
Jesse Kitt Photography
The Law Office of Leah Broker, PA
Legal Aid of North Carolina

Lee Anne and Peter Mangone
Marianne Mooney and Joe Sasfy
My Father’s Pizza & Pasta
Caroline and John Noor
North Carolina Justice Center
PNC Bank
Ethel and John Piper
Ed and Suzy Rankin

Mosaic Lifestyle Realty
Amy Santin and Coalter Lathrop
Carole Spainhour

Samsel Architects
Kitty Schaller

Caron and Brian Smith
Pat and Phil Smith

Town and Mountain Realty
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County
Abby and Austin Walker
Whole Foods Market
Janie and Larry Wilson

Windsor Boutique Hotel
WNC Woman Magazine