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

LA Homeless Plan: Find Change Here

I see this new homeless plan as a hopeful approach for dealing with an entrenched, decades-old dilemma. Changing the system means changing people’s lives.

Homelessness Today: That Was Then, This Is Now

After 20 years, the work of ending homelessness is much more difficult. The people we help are much more chronically homeless than before. Our supporters are more jaded. Our community is less compassionate for people who have been on their streets for decades.

Hopeful Resolutions For 2016: A Realistic Approach to Homelessness

Posted Jan 6, 2016 | Comments Off on Hopeful Resolutions For 2016: A Realistic Approach to Homelessness

Forget shelters, they were simply bandages. Tear those shelter Band-Aids off quickly. The new, and improved solutions to homelessness were supposed to end veteran and chronic homelessness by the end of 2015

Is LA’s Homelessness a State of Crisis or State of Emergency?

Posted Dec 10, 2015 | Comments Off on Is LA’s Homelessness a State of Crisis or State of Emergency?

I wonder how the 650,000 people in New York and New Jersey who lost their homes during Hurricane Sandy would have responded if government officials had told them to wait a half a year, while they figure out a plan to help them?

But here in Los Angeles, where 44,000 of our neighbors have lost homes and live on our streets, the political power of these people we call “homeless” is so weak that it is okay for our community to put on hold any idea of a “state of emergency.”

American Cities Rank High on Worldwide Homelessness Scale

Posted Oct 20, 2015 | Comments Off on American Cities Rank High on Worldwide Homelessness Scale

What does it say when the United States—which has enough funds to build a house for every single person in the country, never mind every person who is homeless in New York City and Los Angeles—allows its citizens to languish on the streets?

Homelessness: America’s Refugee Crisis

Back home in Los Angeles, where homelessness has increased by 12 percent, the sprawling tent cities of America’s homeless remind me of the desperate refugees half a world away. Exhausted, sick, and somber people residing in tents on sidewalks, many of whom have given up hoping to escape the streets.

Is There a Homelessness Effect With LAPD Homeless Response?

Posted Sep 16, 2015 | Comments Off on Is There a Homelessness Effect With LAPD Homeless Response?

. . . lawsuits and ordinances are becoming the weapons of choice for addressing homelessness. Advocates for people experiencing homelessness are battling with city officials and their proposed ordinances designed to “clean up” the streets.

Can You Picture The Brady Bunch Living in an Apartment?

Posted Aug 28, 2015 | Comments Off on Can You Picture The Brady Bunch Living in an Apartment?

In Los Angeles today, those 1970s families would need to earn almost $70,000 per year just to rent an apartment. I can’t picture the Brady household – two parents, six kids, a housekeeper and dog – all living in an apartment in San Fernando Valley.

Homeless or Criminal?

Posted Aug 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Homeless or Criminal?

But then the parties started. Out came the drugs. Cars pulled up and Harry’s new neighbors sidled up alongside them, negotiating with the drivers. His street had become a swap meet for illegal substances.

It Could Happen to Them

Although the needs of the people we serve have become more intensive, one thing hasn’t necessarily changed. Ironically, they often still come from middle-class America.