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

Are We Camouflaging Homelessness by Giving Tents?

Posted Apr 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Are We Camouflaging Homelessness by Giving Tents?

Perhaps, if we give away tents to everyone on the streets, we could hide them. We would just see their shadows. It is hard to put a face on a shadow. Shadows are easier to stereotype. They are easier to forget after we drive by them. Shadows sleeping in a pup tent are easier to label as lazy, drunks, or criminals.

Convert Bus Benches into Homeless Shelters?

Posted Apr 20, 2015 | Comments Off on Convert Bus Benches into Homeless Shelters?

I think that we sometimes spend too much time and creative energy on “helping” people who are homeless, rather than simply “housing” people who are homeless. The real solution is to provide real homes for people within our homeless population.

Using Stereotypical Images of Homelessness to Raise Money

Posted Mar 30, 2015 | Comments Off on 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

Posted Mar 23, 2015 | Comments Off on 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 on The Future of Homelessness: Post-Housing First

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 on We Need to House Abandoned Americans Because #HomelessLivesMatter

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 on Shelter For All…

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?

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?

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.