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

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 […]

We’re working on the homeless problem, but don’t expect instant results

Even though this year’s homeless numbers increased, we should remain hopeful.

Ending Homelessness: The Wait is Killing Them

But it’s the slow pace of addressing homelessness in our country that is literally killing people who are dying on our streets. We should all feel the sense of urgency to fund solutions and end homelessness every single day, until it’s no longer an issue.

What Does The End of 2016 Mean For Homelessness?

Five years ago, I wrote a blog piece wondering how our country would respond to homelessness if Donald Trump was elected President. That was in 2011 when almost everyone thought a Trump Presidency was simply all talk. However, in just a few weeks, President Trump becomes a reality – and not a reality TV show, […]