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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

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 There a Homelessness Effect With LAPD Homeless Response?

By Joel John Roberts | 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?

By Joel John Roberts | 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.

Shelter For All?

By Joel John Roberts | Posted Jun 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Shelter For All?

It is truly wonderful that several cities have ended veteran homelessness. However, homelessness has increased in many major jurisdictions – and homelessness encampments continue to appear across our landscape.

10,000 Ways to End Homelessness

An empty apartment is not a home. When students go to college, their parents usually buy them bedding, cooking utensils, clothes, and food—so they can focus on their studies. When formerly homeless persons move into an apartment, just like those students starting on a new path, their home needs to be fully furnished; in turn, they can focus on looking for work and rebuilding their lives.

Homelessness in Los Angeles: Down For the Count?

By Joel John Roberts | Posted May 13, 2015 | Comments Off on Homelessness in Los Angeles: Down For the Count?

As for Los Angeles, our city has not lacked in creative, hard working efforts to house its homeless population. In fact, don’t let these homeless numbers fool you. We should be commended for permanently housing so many people.

Are We Camouflaging Homelessness by Giving Tents?

By Joel John Roberts | 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.

Motherhood and Homelessness: Words That Should Not Go Hand in Hand

By Karisa Peer, PhD | Posted Apr 15, 2015 | Comments Off on Motherhood and Homelessness: Words That Should Not Go Hand in Hand

Single-mother families are nearly five times more likely than married-couple families to fall below the poverty line and poverty is the number-one cause of child homelessness.

We Need to House Abandoned Americans Because #HomelessLivesMatter

By Joel John Roberts | 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.