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

Is Society Crazy For Not Doing Enough For People With Mental Illness?

To me, a just society is one that provides housing for everyone, even those whose mental health issues prevent them from acknowledging that they need help

Are We a Nation Divided Over Income?

Posted May 8, 2014 | Comments Off

So, what will happen? Will the great income divide split this nation to the point of revolution? Or will common-sense leaders prevail, as they work toward reducing the income gap?

Let’s Change the Meaning of PTSD

Posted Apr 28, 2014 | Comments Off

If we want to alter our society’s perception of struggling veterans—especially those who struggle on our streets—maybe we should change the definition of PTSD.

Enabling vs. Empowering: Is Compassion Old School?

Today’s Good Samaritans should operate less as “homeless enablers,” and more as “homeless housers.”

Refueling a Passion to Address Poverty

I remember my first encounter with extreme poverty.

Is “Working Poor” an Oxymoron?

Posted Apr 1, 2014 | Comments Off

It just doesn’t make sense to be “working poor.” To put it simply: if you are working 30 hours per week, you should earn enough to be able to support your family.

No Child Left On Our Streets

Posted Mar 25, 2014 | Comments Off

How does our country allow more than one million school children to be homeless? And how many more children are homeless, and do not attend school at all?

Homeless Numbers Can Be Tricky

Posted Mar 18, 2014 | Comments Off

Is the number of people living on our streets going up, or going down?

Are Hurting People Entitled to Assistance?

Posted Mar 11, 2014 | Comments Off

We are a country that embraces its “rights.” We have the right to speak our minds, to worship any god, to defend our homes, to wield a gun. We have the right to not be discriminated against because of the color of our skin. But what about the right to be helped when we are […]

Where is the Homeless Capital of America?

Posted Mar 3, 2014 | Comments Off

Which city actually deserves the inglorious distinction of “Homeless Capital of America”? Who is the winner of this human tragedy?… Sadly, the real losers here are the people struggling on our nation’s streets.