A shelter floor offers little comfort for this baby. Photo Diane Nilan

Idaho’s headlines for their unabated Covid crisis obliterates other life-threatening news that fuels not only pandemic mortality and affliction, but diminishes quality of life in the Gem State for years to come. Californians rushing to establish residency here, take notice.

A South Carolina trailer park gone to hell Photo Diane Nilan

Few grasp reality of life in these tin-can enclaves

I found myself “living” in a mobile home community for a few days while working on a film project in Idaho. …

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Poster on a NJ alley wall. Photo Diane Nilan

The Illinois Times headline, How did these women get this way?, evoked my curiosity (as an author of multiple books on homelessness) about both this book, The Least Among Us, by James Traveler and what Len Naumovich, the reviewer. …

We knew, months ago, that the eviction moratorium deadline was going to end with a bang. The Delta virus lurked and festered, now worse than Round One of Coronavirus. The concurrence of two major crises multiplies their impact. …

Thank you for courageously sharing your agonizing, and freeing, experience. So many (mostly) women are trapped in this kind of relationship. Reading your thoughtful and painful reflections will help many.

The other day I interviewed a woman for a film project I'm working on--a look at families doubled up or…

Who loses in an eviction? Photo Diane Nilan

Ask yourself, with all the “End Homelessness in 10 Year” campaigns, why hasn’t it happened?

Homelessness is good for the economy. It’s a profit-making venture. Too bad for the human carnage.

Without getting all Robert Reich-y on you, let me point out a few areas where homelessness is profitable.


Director Chloe Zhao speaks with actress Frances McDormand on the set of their movie “Nomadland,” which depicts the life of a homeless woman forced to live out of her van. (AP)

Hey, Frances!

Have you recovered from filming Nomadland? Before you take on another project, let me suggest Nomadland 2, a film focusing on family homelessness. It will be even more earthshaking than #1.

Sometimes you do what you gotta do. We didn't see the true pace that I'm sure Amazon insists on in reality.

Strong boy faces daunting future. Photo Diane Nilan

The Ides of May, the day I just mentally snapped about depression. Not mine. I’m just hit with the pervasive nature of this debilitating condition that seems to affect more people than I can imagine. And I worry about a huge segment of the population whose circumstances breed depression.


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Ellie made the best apple pies! Photo Diane Nilan

Mothers’ Day 2021…

hits a tender spot for me. Sunday, May 9 is the day my Mom, Ellie, died back in 2013. She had a great life, and she was able to bow out gracefully before the past 5 years or so of off-the-charts insanity (not mentioning any vile names). But, as the…

Diane Nilan

Founder/pres. HEAR US Inc., gives voice & visibility to homeless families & youth, ran shelters, advocate, filmmaker, author, 15 yrs. on US backroads.

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