Just Shelter was founded by Matthew Desmond and Tessa Lowinske Desmond to raise awareness of the human cost of the lack of affordable housing in America and to amplify the work of community organizations working to preserve affordable housing, prevent eviction, and reduce family homelessness.
Eviction stories and photographs were collected by Matthew Desmond, Jessica Kourkounis
, Natalie Nogueira, In Paik, and Sandra Park. Natalie Smith shot the video footage. Sally Ryan
shot the top photo on the Stories page. The database of community organizations was compiled by Matthew Desmond, Alondra Ramirez, and Jasmin Salazar.
The Evicted Book Foundation was set up to directly benefit the families in Evicted
. The board of the Evicted Book Foundation includes Matthew Desmond
, Tessa Lowinske Desmond
, Devah Pager
, Ruth Lopez Turley
, and Bruce Western