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 a Country Considered Rich if 20 Percent of its Children are Poor?

Posted Jun 9, 2014 | Comments Off

We have billionaires and millionaires in our country. Who cares that one-fifth of our children are floundering in poverty? Who needs to know that most cities in America have people living on their streets?

Icy Invasions at Homeless Shelters

Posted Jun 2, 2014 | Comments Off

If you are lucky enough to have a home, you don’t want a criminal lurking in your neighborhood. And if you’re unlucky enough to be homeless, you don’t want a criminal sleeping next to you in a homeless shelter.

A Bridge Over Troubled Streets

Posted May 27, 2014 | Comments Off

Build a bridge over a road just so his snooty residents don’t have to walk past impoverished people on the streets? Are L.A.’s streets really so bad that developers need to bypass them completely?

More Women are Retiring into Poverty

These broken women on our streets are signs of our broken society. Retiring to our streets should not be allowed.

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.