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

The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal (For People Who Are Homeless)

What would be the perfect Thanksgiving meal for a person who is living on our streets?

The War On Homelessness

Despite unprecedented national efforts, homelessness still feels like a turf battle. You could call it a war.

Too Close To Home: Let’s Not Kid Around About Child Poverty

Posted Nov 11, 2014 | Comments Off

A third of our nation’s children reside in homes defined as poor, where the household income is below 60% of the national median income for 2008, or $31,000. In other countries, this annual income is a fortune, but in this country, a family that survives on $31,000 per year places their children on a pathway to adult poverty, if not homelessness.

An American Umbrella Revolution

Posted Nov 3, 2014 | Comments Off

Wouldn’t it be amazing if America’s youth demanded a change of status quo for homeless Americans? Wouldn’t it be incredible if America’s youth revolted against a society that allows for such inequity?

Keeping an Eye on Homelessness

Posted Oct 20, 2014 | Comments Off

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.