The Grand Rapids Area Coalition to End Homelessness is excited to offer a resource library for community members who are interested in learning more about housing issues and other social issues that relate to housing. Books can be checked out by visiting our space in Heart of West Michigan United Way at 118 Commerce SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. All books are available individually. In addition, there are groups of books that can be checked out as a together and read book-club style. Some of these books have accompanying study guides that can be used to facilitate group discussion.

*Please return books within 6 weeks of check out, if you need an additional few weeks, please contact Brianne.

Books and Reading Guides

TitleAuthorNumber of Copies
A City Within A City: The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Todd E. Robinson

6
Cross-Cultural Dialogues on Homelessness: From Pretreatment Strategies to Psychologically Informed Environments

Jay S. Levy with Robin Johnson
6
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the AmericanCity
*contains a Reader’s Guide

Matthew Desmond

6
Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems, and Changing Lives

Deborah K. Padgett, Benjamin F. Henwood, & Sam J. Tsemberis

6
Nickle and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
*contains a Reader’s Guide

Barbara Ehrenreich

6
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing

Dr. Joy DeGury

6
The Study Guide: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing

Dr. Joy DeGury

1
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander

6
Building a Movement to End The New Jim Crow: An Organizing Guide

Daniel Hunter

1
The New Jim Crow Study Guide and Call to Action



1
Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race

Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD

6
A Shelter in Our Car

Monica Gunning, Illustrations by Elaine Pedlar

1
America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America

Jim Wallis

1
Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

1
Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups

Andrew Fisher

1
Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World

Srdja Popovic

1
Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement

Angela Y. Davis

1
Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

Charles Montgomery

1
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Austin Channing Brown

1
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Ibram X. Kendi

1
Strangers in their own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Arlie Russell Hochschild

1
Tell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women

Elliot Liebow

1
The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit

Thomas J. Sugrue

1
Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

Lauren van Dernoot Lipsky with Connie Burk

1
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

1
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Reni Eddo-Lodge

1