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

Shelter For All…

Imagine if you were left-handed and homeless. When you tell the social worker you are a southpaw, she explains that bathrooms in the shelter are only for right-handed people. The response of these homeless shelters that bar transgender people is just as absurd as if they were banning people who were left-handed.

Convert Prisons to Homeless Shelters?

People like Clark, who have been sleeping on the streets for years, need an immediate housing solution… tonight. A bridge to a shelter bed that could very well be a former prison.

Homeless Counts: Just Like Counting Sheep?

Posted Feb 9, 2015 | Comments Off

Four years after my homeless count blog post, sadly, we are still counting individuals and families living out on the streets that have fallen through the cracks of society.

Income Inequality: The “1’s” Have It All

What if each of these super-rich families tithe 10% of their wealth for one year to build homes for people who are homeless? That amount would be $900 billion, far more than what the federal government invests. If one affordable housing unit costs $300,000, this dollar amount would be able to build 3 million homes.

A Bird’s Eye View of Homelessness: Hong Kong’s Sky Slums

Posted Jan 20, 2015 | Comments Off

In America, our homeless population is found on the dirty streets of our city. In Asia, homelessness is perched near the sky.

Je Suis Homeless

I was homeless.

Brrr… It Is Cold…

Cold weather is fun, unless you are without a home.

Top 10 Highlights of 2014 in Ending Homelessness

Posted Dec 29, 2014 | Comments Off

For those of us fighting to end homelessness in America, the year 2014 actually gives us hope that strategic ideas and initiatives are working, albeit slowly. Here are our top highlights of 2014:

Ask The Mayor: Is Homelessness Getting Worse?

The issues that today’s mayors face do not reflect fictional television. Poverty and homelessness are real situations, which families and adults in every U.S. city experience on a daily basis.

A Key? Not Always the Key to Housing

Posted Dec 9, 2014 | Comments Off

A Key? Not Always the Key to Housing