Joel John Roberts

Joel John Roberts Joel John Roberts is the CEO of PATH Partners (People Assisting The Homeless), publisher of Poverty Insights, blogger on Huffington Post, frequent writer of opinion pieces on homelessness and housing, and the author of the book, "How To Increase Homelessness."

Posts by Joel John Roberts

It Could Happen to Them

Although the needs of the people we serve have become more intensive, one thing hasn’t necessarily changed. Ironically, they often still come from middle-class America.

Anti-Poverty Agencies Should Not Pay Poverty Wages

A worker needs to earn $33 per hour to rent an average apartment in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles plans to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. If that wage level were implemented in 2015, the average household would need more than two employed persons in order to afford a typical apartment.

Homeless Or Home-Free?

Posted Jun 22, 2015 | Comments Off on Homeless Or Home-Free?

Our first-world society is really the irresponsible party. We let men and women who fight in our wars end up on the streets. We let kids who endure years and years of foster care with loveless families live in alleys or abandoned buildings. So is the case with women encountering domestic violence and seniors struggling with mental health issues.

Shelter For All?

Posted Jun 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Shelter For All?

It is truly wonderful that several cities have ended veteran homelessness. However, homelessness has increased in many major jurisdictions – and homelessness encampments continue to appear across our landscape.

Are Service Providers Helping Solve Homelessness?

Posted Jun 2, 2015 | Comments Off on Are Service Providers Helping Solve Homelessness?

Once again, homeless service providers are being looked to as part of the solution. Because, when policy changes and funding is redirected, the community still turns to providers to actually house people who are homeless.

10,000 Ways to End Homelessness

Posted May 28, 2015 | Comments Off on 10,000 Ways to End Homelessness

An empty apartment is not a home. When students go to college, their parents usually buy them bedding, cooking utensils, clothes, and food—so they can focus on their studies. When formerly homeless persons move into an apartment, just like those students starting on a new path, their home needs to be fully furnished; in turn, they can focus on looking for work and rebuilding their lives.

Homelessness in Los Angeles: Down For the Count?

Posted May 13, 2015 | Comments Off on Homelessness in Los Angeles: Down For the Count?

As for Los Angeles, our city has not lacked in creative, hard working efforts to house its homeless population. In fact, don’t let these homeless numbers fool you. We should be commended for permanently housing so many people.

If I Am Homeless…How Old Do I Look?

Posted May 4, 2015 | Comments Off on If I Am Homeless…How Old Do I Look?

Living on the streets, for years at a time, can rapidly increase one’s age—turning any young adult into someone appearing middle-aged or elderly.

Are We Camouflaging Homelessness by Giving Tents?

Posted Apr 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Are We Camouflaging Homelessness by Giving Tents?

Perhaps, if we give away tents to everyone on the streets, we could hide them. We would just see their shadows. It is hard to put a face on a shadow. Shadows are easier to stereotype. They are easier to forget after we drive by them. Shadows sleeping in a pup tent are easier to label as lazy, drunks, or criminals.

Convert Bus Benches into Homeless Shelters?

Posted Apr 20, 2015 | Comments Off on Convert Bus Benches into Homeless Shelters?

I think that we sometimes spend too much time and creative energy on “helping” people who are homeless, rather than simply “housing” people who are homeless. The real solution is to provide real homes for people within our homeless population.