Far from a new phenomenon, homelessness has triggered crises for individuals, families, and communities for decades, including here in New Hampshire where sources estimate almost 5,000 individuals were homeless last year, and many others who experience chronic housing insecurity.

What factors are responsible for the rise in homelessness? What are the historical forces that led to this national crisis? What can we learn from our history to help us unravel the complexity of homelessness and find solutions?

 In this presentation, Dr. Yvonne Vissing explores how homelessness in America has changed over the last several decades, the causes and consequences, as well as the barriers we must address in order to understand the complex roots of homelessness. We invite you to join the conversation and share your perspectives, questions, and ideas.


Dr. Yvonne Vissing is Professor of Healthcare Studies at Salem State University where she is the founding director of its Center for Childhood & Youth Studies. She has been a board member of the National Coalition for the Homeless and the NH Coalition for the Homeless. She is the author of Changing the Paradigm of Homelessness and Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Homeless Children and Families in Small Town America.

Suggested Reading:

How Has Homelessness in America Changed?
A 25 Year Retrospective by Yvonne Vissing and Diane Nilan

Event Details


Friday, February 5, 2021 5:00pm


117 Pleasant Street
Concord NH 03301

Hosted By:

New Hampshire Humanities

Contact Info:

Dr. Tricia Peone, Public Programs Director,