On June 13, the Alliance for Human Services’ (AHS) annual meeting will feature a panel discussion, “There’s a Knock at Our Door: the Growing Epidemic of Evictions and Housing Instability in Our Community.”

Evidence is mounting that rising housing prices, paucity of affordable housing, and general housing instability in our community are leading to increased evictions, especially among minorities and our most vulnerable neighbors. Matthew Desmond’s award-winning book, “Evicted” has helped to shed a powerful light upon this crisis.

Presenters will include:

  • Dipti Pidikiti-Smith, the Deputy Director of Advocacy for the Legal Services of Northern Virginia
  • David Levine, President and CEO of Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services, Inc.
  • Senior staff from the RVA Eviction Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University, who have conducted important research on the effect of evictions in Virginia

This is an issue that is alarming, and which is gaining prominence. We will investigate how evictions affect the lives of county residents and Virginians, and lead a conversation about what we, as advocates and caring citizens, can do to stem the growing crisis.

The event starts at 7:30 pm at Little River United Church of Christ, 8410 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.

Light refreshments will be served.