School of Social Work

Professor Emeritus David Wagner & Gemma Atticks (MSW '17) Publish Book


Professor Emeritus David Wagner & Gemma Atticks (MSW '17) have published Homeless No Longer:  How the Homeless Get and Stay off the Streets with Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Co.  Congratulations to both of them!  More details are below--and there is a discount code for all who might want a copy.

How the Ex-Homeless Get and
Stay Off the Streets
By David Wagner - with Gemma Atticks

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About the Book
Research suggests that between 6 and 14 percent of the
US population has been homeless at some point in their
lives. No Longer Homeless shares the stories of the formerly
homeless to examine how they transition off the streets,
find housing, and stay housed. The book offers a unique
perspective of people who have managed to change their
lives, the resources they needed, and the factors that
contributed to lasting change.

The book profiles men and women of different races and
ages across the country, and it shares stories of people
who have been off the streets from two months to twenty
years. It addresses topics such as addiction, mental health,
income, and community resources. No Longer Homeless is
a powerful look at a group of people we rarely hear about,
sharing the details of their lives to help individuals,
organizations, and communities learn to better support
the ongoing challenges of homelessness.

About the Authors
David Wagner is professor emeritus in sociology and
social work at the University of Southern Maine. He has
worked with numerous organizations working with the
poor nation-wide. He is the author of nine books,
including Checkerboard Square and Confronting Homelessness.
Gemma Atticks is a graduate of the Masters of Social
Work program at the University of Southern Maine.

Praise for the Book
“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
“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 his latest,
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
“This book is a wonderful tribute to the survival and
tenacity of people who have experienced the trauma of
homelessness. There is such stigma around people who
are currently unhoused. David Wagner has brought
humanity back to the experience of homelessness by
showing the transition back into a home.”
—Megan Hustings, interim director, National
Coalition for the Homeless