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

Keeping an Eye on Homelessness

How do we transform a cold gaze into eyes that reflect hope?

Coming Out Means Becoming Homeless

Posted Oct 13, 2014 | Comments Off

For many, a rejection of a child who is gay means a straight path to homelessness

It Could Happen To Them

Posted Oct 6, 2014 | Comments Off

“Homelessness could happen to you.” This is a phrase we may quietly utter to our friends, or even to ourselves, when we stroll by a homeless stranger on the street. “There but for the grace of God, go I,” we say.

Ending Poverty: Is the Solution Just Paying Cash?

Posted Oct 1, 2014 | Comments Off

If we fail to continue to provide programs that address poverty, more people will end up living on our streets. It’s not as simple as a cash handout. We need to do more.

Poverty in America: Living on $7.28 Per Day

Posted Sep 16, 2014 | Comments Off

I think CNN’s Anthony Bourdain needs to write a guide on how to live in America on $7.28 per day.

Part 2: Homeless Agencies Can End Homelessness

Posted Sep 3, 2014 | Comments Off

If that homeless agency partners with housing developers—or becomes a housing developer—in order to promote a true “Housing First” approach, then perhaps communities will embrace the idea that permanent supportive housing is good for their neighborhood.

Homeless Agencies Can Transform the Quest to End Homelessness

Posted Aug 25, 2014 | Comments Off

I do believe that homeless programs have a significant role to play in ending this country’s homelessness. As traditional homeless agencies shift their focus to Housing First strategies, they move away from becoming a forgotten Sony Walkman tape player and closer to being a modern Apple iPhone.

Your Voice Will Be Missed

Posted Aug 18, 2014 | Comments Off

Goodbye, Robin Williams. Your advocate voice will be missed.

Legalize Pot, Increase Homelessness

Posted Aug 4, 2014 | Comments Off

It seems to me that, if every state legalized cannabis, then the incentive to migrate to another state would end.

Is Today the Day that I Die?

Posted Jul 29, 2014 | Comments Off

Even now, living on the streets of America, I sometimes wonder…
…is today the day that I die?