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Diane Nilan
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Sometimes going for a walk is way more complicated. 
This sign didn't stand near the obviously dangerous oil pump area. No, it was perched on an empty field in the park, inexplicable even to me. My layover day—besides getting things done, a chance for "me" time. My time in Kans...
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Winter. Be gone!
When I accepted the invitation to give a talk in Mokena, IL on Feb. 28, I naively hoped that winter would be in decline, so I said I'd drive up (from Kansas where I'm filming Worn Out Welcome Mat - KS) in Tillie2, my (sorta) ...
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My latest Tillie2 adventures, such as they are. Sigh.
For those of you following my travels on Facebook or through this blog, you might have picked up on some "issues" with my new Tillie2 that I acquired at the end of September 2014. Here's the latest... Ironically, my previou...
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One little known path to homelessness.
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AlterNet changed their formatting, zapping brilliant writing like mine. Here's my last post, by popular demand. I'll be posting from a more prominent place on AlterNet quite soon. It's all good!
Homeless people have shelters to go to, a common belief comforting those who don’t know better.  Having just come from Carlisle Cares, the community-based shelter where my friend and colleague Pat LaMarche works, having ru...
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Spreading the word about selling my fine lil' motorhome. Would appreciate your help finding a buyer. My time is limited...gulp...so help! 
2006 Gulf Stream Yellowstone. One owner, lived in it FT. Nonsmoker, no harsh chemicals used inside. New brakes, tires, batteries. Well-maintained, my mechanic wanted to buy it! Great living space for 1-2 people. Lots of storage! No leaks, all systems work. $23,500.00 OBO Must sell. Will entertain reasonable offers. No owner financing. No agents or other scammers! 6302675424 This ad 113012087 was posted on September 07, 2014
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My Kansas travel adventures are, well, adventurous. Here's my latest tale.
Last night I was comfortably ensconced in the Garden City, KS WalMart parking lot, Tillie (my van/home) parked on a nice flat spot, my shoes off, feet up, watching a movie I had downloaded earlier when I received a disconcert...
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One thing about this kind of weather, it invigorates you! It does test your survival instincts and keeps them tweaked.

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My latest from Kansas...with a plea for help!
Crawling though decrepit attics to find doubled-up families.  Cutting taxes for the highest income bracket to stimulate the Kansas economy. Discovering that a stable, financially comfortable community has close to 50% of thei...
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Wonder why family/youth homelessness is growing?
I’m a nomad-by-choice. For the past 10 years, under the banner of HEAR US Inc., my nonprofit organization, I’ve traveled over 200,000 miles of mostly backroads travel chronicling homeless families and youth across the country...
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Nope. Family emergency took me to KS.
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Dental care for those unable to afford it. If you know anything about this--from personal experience or from watching loved ones suffer--please read this and sign the petition at the end. Share if you will...it will help.
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This post really nails the "invisible" issue. Validates what I do at HEAR US, too! 
Human suffering is never easy to see, but instead of complaining there should be an increased response -- a response not only from civil institutions or non-profits, but from society as a whole....
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Our quest to ease homelessness of families/youth is ramping up with the Homeless Children and Youth Act just introduced. How important is this? What can you (with no money) do? Read my latest post.
For the agency charged with “utilizing housing as a platform for improving quality of life,” assuming that includes those with nowhere to go, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, HUD, has yet to step up to the tas...
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116 people
Orphan Voice's profile photo
Texas Homeless Network's profile photo
Mary Porterfield's profile photo
Homeless Savannah's profile photo
donald russell's profile photo
Rebecca Russell's profile photo
Eric Sheptock's profile photo
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Activist, author, filmmaker
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  • HEAR US Inc.
    Activist, author, filmmaker, 2005 - present
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giving voice and visibility to homeless children, youth and families...
Introduction
For a quarter of a century I've worked with homeless families, teens and adults, realizing that they have a slippery upward slope to climb.

Part of the problem, I've found by talking to countless people--legislators, policy wonks, ordinary folk--is lack of awareness. So, in true Nilan fashion, I set out to do whatever I can do to change that.

HEAR US Inc. is my nonprofit that strives to give voice and visibility to homeless children and youth. It's been an amazing journey!
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My book will inspire and enlighten you! http://booklocker.com/books/2265.html
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on the road
Previously
CT, FL, IL - all over US