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

Using Stereotypical Images of Homelessness to Raise Money

Do we market our agencies at any cost—even if it means reinforcing inaccurate stereotypes of homelessness?

Ending the Cycle of Homelessness

It seems to me that if average American wages are not high enough to pay for the average rent—in the long run, all of our efforts to house those who are currently homeless will not end homelessness. We will simply be treading water.

The Future of Homelessness: Post-Housing First

Posted Mar 16, 2015 | Comments Off

We used to think self-sufficiency was getting people a job and back on their feet. Today, self-sufficiency is connecting people to community who will continue to support them for the rest of their lives.

We Need to House Abandoned Americans Because #HomelessLivesMatter

Posted Mar 10, 2015 | Comments Off

Today, I wonder why America—a society that is so sophisticated, wealthy, and compassionate—doesn’t pick up its lost humanity on the streets and connect them with housing and with the community of humanity.

Shelter For All…

Posted Mar 2, 2015 | Comments Off

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?

Posted Feb 17, 2015 | Comments Off

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.