How Has Homelessness in America Changed?

A 25-Year Retrospective

girl in a tent because of homelessness
girl in a tent because of homelessness
Families ‘camp’ because they lost housing. Photo Diane Nilan
yvonne vissing (left) and diane nilan with their new textbook, changing the paradigm of homelessnss
yvonne vissing (left) and diane nilan with their new textbook, changing the paradigm of homelessnss
Yvonne Vissing (left) and Diane Nilan in NYC at the launch of their new textbook, Changing the Paradigm of Homelessness.
Make-shift shelter for family in the CA desert. Photo Diane Nilan

What has changed over this last quarter of a century?

The line forms outside a Reno shelter. Photo Diane Nilan

First of all, there’s more of it.

Definitions and data-undercounts mask the problem.

HUD headquarters in DC. Photo Diane Nilan
babies need loving care
babies need loving care
Babies are babies — in need of loving care, and a home. Photo Diane Nilan

Categories of homelessness have changed.

family together
family together
Not a happy face in the bunch. Photo Diane Nilan
youth on their own
youth on their own
Youth on their own, a growing problem. Photo Diane Nilan

Where homeless people stay has changed.

Motel rooms become crowded ‘homes’ for families. Photo Diane Nilan
Shelter beds. Photo Diane Nilan

Stigmatization of homelessness continues.

Homelessness is seen as a crime.

Urban ‘camping’ Photo Diane Nilan

Homelessness remains a process before it becomes an outcome.

mansion
mansion
Mortgage interest deductions on mansions could be cut to fund homelessness programs. Photo Diane Nilan

Twenty-five years ago, we didn’t have a pandemic like COVID.

Needed — greater awareness of and commitment to homelessness as a preventable, solvable problem.

be human sign
be human sign
We are human. Let’s act like it! Photo Diane Nilan

Crystal ball predictions.

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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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