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

Refueling a Passion to Address Poverty

I remember my first encounter with extreme poverty.

Is “Working Poor” an Oxymoron?

Posted Apr 1, 2014 | Comments Off

It just doesn’t make sense to be “working poor.” To put it simply: if you are working 30 hours per week, you should earn enough to be able to support your family.

No Child Left On Our Streets

Posted Mar 25, 2014 | Comments Off

How does our country allow more than one million school children to be homeless? And how many more children are homeless, and do not attend school at all?

Homeless Numbers Can Be Tricky

Posted Mar 18, 2014 | Comments Off

Is the number of people living on our streets going up, or going down?

Are Hurting People Entitled to Assistance?

Posted Mar 11, 2014 | Comments Off

We are a country that embraces its “rights.” We have the right to speak our minds, to worship any god, to defend our homes, to wield a gun. We have the right to not be discriminated against because of the color of our skin. But what about the right to be helped when we are […]

Where is the Homeless Capital of America?

Posted Mar 3, 2014 | Comments Off

Which city actually deserves the inglorious distinction of “Homeless Capital of America”? Who is the winner of this human tragedy?… Sadly, the real losers here are the people struggling on our nation’s streets.

A Small Way to End Homelessness

Posted Feb 25, 2014 | Comments Off

Building smaller just makes sense. Wouldn’t you rather live in a 10’ by 15’ home, with a kitchenette, a bathroom, and a roof over my head, than spend the night in a sleeping bag on the sidewalk?

Selfies With People Who Are Homeless… Really?

Sometimes our efforts to battle homelessness feel like an uphill struggle, especially when society thinks self-portraits next to suffering people are part of a fun, adventurous game.

A Million Reasons Why Los Angeles Could End Homelessness

Posted Feb 11, 2014 | Comments Off

But the answer to homelessness in this angelic city is right in front of us. We simply need to assign two millionaires to each person experiencing homelessness, and we are done. We could call it the “Two-For-One” program.

Giving House Keys to People Experiencing Homelessness is Not the Only Key

A person’s homelessness will finally end when he or she belongs to a supportive community that embraces him or her as its own.