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

Can We Trust the Numbers, More or Less?

Posted Jan 22, 2014 | Comments Off

For the most visible homeless individuals, at least, the numbers seem to be trending down. More or less.

Tough Love or Tough Luck?

Those of us who have been operating emergency homeless programs for decades sometimes still struggle with the idea of letting people get a “free ride.” But, if our true mission truly is to house people no matter what, then softening the toughness in our love for people on the streets is simply the best approach.

A Thread of Decency

It is amazing what the loss of a job can do to you.

Ending Homelessness in Los Angeles: Top 10 Highlights from 2013

Posted Dec 31, 2013 | Comments Off

10 signs that angelic efforts are on the way in Los Angeles to reduce homelessness, despite the debate over public feeding, homelessness in their public libraries and Union Train Station, and the fact that the region has 58,000 people who are homeless.

Helping The Homeless Whether They are Naughty or Nice.

Posted Dec 17, 2013 | Comments Off

If we operate like Santa Claus receiving a wish list from an impoverished person who is looking for food or shelter, what do we do with the “naughty” people? Deny them food, shelter, and housing?

Cold as Ice, or Cold as Death?

Posted Dec 10, 2013 | Comments Off

I wonder how many people will die this winter. It is an epidemic that scours the countryside in search of people who are vulnerable to its deadly claws. Author Stephen King could not write a better tale of fear and death than what is happening now. It is not some new strain of virus attacking […]

Happy Holidays (Even if You are Homeless)!

Giving special gifts to our loved ones and friends is part of this wonderful holiday season. Giving to those in need is also part of the season’s joy.

Homeless Campgrounds: Once Open, They’re Hard to Close

Perhaps along with building permanent supportive housing, we should also create permanent supportive towns? Then, we would no longer have to clear out tent cities.

Will A Less Costly Turkey Dinner Resolve Food Stamp Cuts?

Good news. When you sit down at the Thanksgiving dinner table next week, with a spread of oven-baked turkey, fluffy white mashed potatoes, and steaming gravy, your wallet will be a little less empty.

School Kids and Homelessness Should Not Mix

Posted Nov 12, 2013 | Comments Off

Unfortunately, 1.1 million American school children call homeless shelters, vehicles on the streets, and even the streets, home. They certainly won’t be bringing apples to their teachers. The barriers that homelessness imposes upon school kids are significant.