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

My Turn: What The Next Governor Should Do About The Housing Crisis

Posted Sep 26, 2018 | Comments Off on My Turn: What The Next Governor Should Do About The Housing Crisis

Sixteen years ago, I was on a state Homeless Summit panel hosted by California’s then-Gov. Gray Davis in Sacramento. I and other advocates were optimistic that the state’s homelessness crisis could be resolved because of a $2.1 billion bond, Proposition 46, would provide new housing for people struggling with homelessness. Voters approved the bond overwhelmingly. Fast […]

Why Don’t We Create Sheltered Neighborhoods?

Posted Jul 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Why Don’t We Create Sheltered Neighborhoods?

For more than two decades, I have led a homeless services and housing development agency that was started here in Los Angeles. I have seen dozens of plans, initiatives, policies, ordinances and lawsuits designed to address homelessness. And yet, our communities continue to be inundated with people living on our streets. Ironically, nearly every stakeholder […]

Building More Housing: NIMBY Should Be PMBY

Posted Jun 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Building More Housing: NIMBY Should Be PMBY

The major issue today is finding neighborhoods that will allow us to set up shelters, services, or permanent housing in their backyards.

An Ambidextrous Approach to Ending Homelessness

Posted Jun 13, 2018 | Comments Off on An Ambidextrous Approach to Ending Homelessness

While some of us can tune political divisiveness out by turning off our televisions and radios there are others who are the real victims of this discord; the homeless. The left/right divide halts action and in this instance, has the unfortunate outcome of people continuing to sleep on our streets. Just this past week Housing […]

Los Angeles Homeless Numbers: Making It Count

Posted Jun 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Los Angeles Homeless Numbers: Making It Count

Could it be that the tide of homelessness in Southern California has peaked? Leaders and advocates are cautiously optimistic.

Top Ten Homelessness Trends and Issues in 2017

Posted Jan 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Top Ten Homelessness Trends and Issues in 2017

Historians will probably describe what happened in our country this year as unprecedented, historic, extraordinary, perhaps even bizarre. How will historians document 2017’s trends and issues regarding our country’s homelessness issue? Here is my top ten list: TEN: A United Nations report documents extreme poverty in the USA. We typically think of “third world” countries when […]

We don’t need more awareness on homeless. We need solutions.

Posted Nov 16, 2017 | Comments Off on We don’t need more awareness on homeless. We need solutions.

This week is National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, but do Californians really need to be reminded?

Why best vaccine for homelessness is not a shot

Posted Oct 4, 2017 | Comments Off on Why best vaccine for homelessness is not a shot

While walking to work in downtown San Diego, I recently saw several men in what appeared to be Hazmat suits spraying bleach and hot water on the sidewalks in response to our community’s scary outbreak of hepatitis A. This prompted me to wait in line, along with other concerned downtowners, to get my hepatitis A vaccine at […]

More Racism, More Homelessness?

Posted Sep 6, 2017 | Comments Off on More Racism, More Homelessness?

Is homelessness a product of racism in this country? For those of us who have been working on the front lines of homelessness for years, we define root causes of homelessness in phrases like, “lack of affordable housing,” “a lack of resources,” “a broken social safety net.”

Another Sort of Infrastructure Needed on Homeless

Posted Jul 24, 2017 | Comments Off on Another Sort of Infrastructure Needed on Homeless

Investing in our country’s infrastructure is all the talk today, from Los Angeles to D.C. The quality of our roadways and bridges is indeed a national crisis, but there is a human element that has been neglected. The lack of housing and service infrastructure for people struggling with poverty has created the worst homelessness crisis […]