pick up truck loaded with stuff
Packing it in. Photo Diane Nilan

In the 35 or so years I’ve been working in the “field” of homelessness and poverty, not in an ivory tower but hands on, people ask me what’s so hard about pulling up the old bootstraps and getting on your feet? …

A very tired child waiting to be admitted to school. Photo Diane Nilan

I hope Covid doesn’t continue to ravage as long as modern homelessness has. I was a newbie stepping into the world of deep poverty and homelessness back in the mid-80s, about the time we pinpoint the rise of modern homelessness. …

Some babies (and mamas) have lots to cry about. Photo Diane Nilan

I can’t make sense of our world, and I won’t even try. What I can make sense out of is how simple actions of good people can make a huge difference. Case in point, helping mamas and babies.

Not all mamas and babies need help. Some have ample resources to…

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. …

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. …

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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