Memphis groups shedding light on eviction issue

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Executive Director of the Black Clergy Collaborative of Memphis is teaming up with the Memphis Public Interest Law Center to bring the exhibition, Evicted to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

”It’s a series of videos and photographs that share the story of eviction and housing instability through the eyes and voices of those who have had that experience,” said Bondon.

“I noticed that I had 200 dollars stolen out of my purse. He told me he wanted me out by the next day, so I was living on the streets in downtown Memphis,” a woman said.

”If you have been housing unstable, we want you to understand how much we care. That we are trying to understand what you are going through. And don’t want it to happen to anyone else,” said Shirley Bondon, Black Clergy Collaborative of Memphis.

An exhibition Bondon hopes can foster change between tenants and landlords.

”We hope it will start a discussion. A conversation with renters, landlords, and people who make decisions about housing. And the laws and policies that impact housing,” said Bondon.

The exhibition kicks off Saturday and runs through Jan. 21.