Through the “One Book for NAHRO” initiative, NAHRO President Betsey Martens is encouraging the NAHRO membership to periodically join together in reading thought-provoking books that touch on the issues that influence and are influenced by the work of housing and community development professionals.
The current selection is So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America (The New Press, 2012) by Peter Edelman, a professor of law at Georgetown University and Director of Georgetown's Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy. According to the publisher, the book presents an informed analysis of how the United States can be so wealthy yet have a steadily growing number of unemployed and working poor. Edelman explores how the structure of today’s economy has stultified wage growth for half of America’s workers—with even worse results at the bottom and for people of color—while bestowing billions on those at the top.
NAHRO Senior Vice President Preston Prince will lead an informal discussion of the book during a concurrent session at NAHRO’s upcoming National Conference and Exhibition in Nashville, TN.
A preview of So Rich, So Poor is available online.