Roberts: Veteran homelessness affects the whole family

By | Nov 25, 2019

Vermont VeteranTwenty-three years ago, I started as the leader of a small homeless agency in West Los Angeles. Back then we used to be a 90-days program – within that small span of time, we would help someone who was homeless get a job, save money, move into an apartment and get back on their feet.

Back then, people who became homeless were just down on their luck.

Back then, our staff were peer counselors. Many, if not most, were high school educated. There wasn’t a need for clinicians with advanced degrees. A good heart-to-heart talk was enough. Boy, were they good at relating to people, and inspiring them to change and improve their lives. We called it “a hand up, not a hand out.”

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Roberts: Cheaper housing: another method or a new paradigm?

By | Oct 28, 2019 | Comments Off on Roberts: Cheaper housing: another method or a new paradigm?

All throughout California, everyone is talking about how we need to create cheaper housing for people who are homeless. As homelessness increases throughout the state, and millions and millions of taxpayer dollars have been invested in homeless services and housing, the people who paid those taxes are losing their patience. The media has picked up […]

Visible People: Homelessness Could Happen To Them

By | Oct 1, 2019 | Comments Off on Visible People: Homelessness Could Happen To Them

Can you see her? What about him? She is right in front of you. He’s over there. Sitting in the car seat next to you. Across the dining room table. A few pews ahead of you during worship. At the PTA evening meeting in the school cafeteria. They are right in front of you if […]

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