No Longer Homeless

New Book

No Longer Homeless: How the Ex-Homeless Get and Stay Off the Streets

February 19, 2018
194 pages
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN-10: 1-5381-1007-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-5381-1007-2

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(written with Gemma Atticks)


Homelessness does not define a person—it is a tragic condition that too many Americans have suffered for far too long. David Wagner expertly captures the essential humanity of men and women who have been homeless. It is a story of hope and promise.

– Robert Hayes, founder, National Coalition for the Homeless

For some years now, David Wagner has styled himself as something of a Studs Terkel among the homeless poor, collecting stories, reminiscences, and hopes. He has also taught, befriended, and organized with them. In this latest dispatch, he explores how the “ex-homeless” account for exits from street and shelter. A worthy read.

– Kim Hopper, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

It’s a self-help book, all right, but it’s aimed at helping Americans get over the idea that homelessness is mainly the result of personal failings. Wagner’s purpose in writing the book was to use personal stories of formerly homeless people to both show that most people on the streets eventually go on to have functioning lives, and that what makes the difference is financial and other support to stop being homeless and stay housed.”

– REAL CHANGE magazine October 10, 2018