Opinion

My Turn: What The Next Governor Should Do About The Housing Crisis

By Joel John Roberts | Posted Sep 26, 2018 | Comments Off on My Turn: What The Next Governor Should Do About The Housing Crisis

Sixteen years ago, I was on a state Homeless Summit panel hosted by California’s then-Gov. Gray Davis in Sacramento. I and other advocates were optimistic that the state’s homelessness crisis could be resolved because of a $2.1 billion bond, Proposition 46, would provide new housing for people struggling with homelessness. Voters approved the bond overwhelmingly. Fast […]

Building More Housing: NIMBY Should Be PMBY

By Joel John Roberts | Posted Jun 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Building More Housing: NIMBY Should Be PMBY

The major issue today is finding neighborhoods that will allow us to set up shelters, services, or permanent housing in their backyards.

Top Ten Homelessness Trends and Issues in 2017

By Joel John Roberts | Posted Jan 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Top Ten Homelessness Trends and Issues in 2017

Historians will probably describe what happened in our country this year as unprecedented, historic, extraordinary, perhaps even bizarre. How will historians document 2017’s trends and issues regarding our country’s homelessness issue? Here is my top ten list: TEN: A United Nations report documents extreme poverty in the USA. We typically think of “third world” countries when […]

We don’t need more awareness on homeless. We need solutions.

By Joel John Roberts | Posted Nov 16, 2017 | Comments Off on We don’t need more awareness on homeless. We need solutions.

This week is National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, but do Californians really need to be reminded?

Why best vaccine for homelessness is not a shot

By Joel John Roberts | Posted Oct 4, 2017 | Comments Off on Why best vaccine for homelessness is not a shot

While walking to work in downtown San Diego, I recently saw several men in what appeared to be Hazmat suits spraying bleach and hot water on the sidewalks in response to our community’s scary outbreak of hepatitis A. This prompted me to wait in line, along with other concerned downtowners, to get my hepatitis A vaccine at […]

Another Sort of Infrastructure Needed on Homeless

By Joel John Roberts | Posted Jul 24, 2017 | Comments Off on Another Sort of Infrastructure Needed on Homeless

Investing in our country’s infrastructure is all the talk today, from Los Angeles to D.C. The quality of our roadways and bridges is indeed a national crisis, but there is a human element that has been neglected. The lack of housing and service infrastructure for people struggling with poverty has created the worst homelessness crisis […]

We’re working on the homeless problem, but don’t expect instant results

Even though this year’s homeless numbers increased, we should remain hopeful.

Ending Homelessness: The Wait is Killing Them

But it’s the slow pace of addressing homelessness in our country that is literally killing people who are dying on our streets. We should all feel the sense of urgency to fund solutions and end homelessness every single day, until it’s no longer an issue.

What Does The End of 2016 Mean For Homelessness?

Five years ago, I wrote a blog piece wondering how our country would respond to homelessness if Donald Trump was elected President. That was in 2011 when almost everyone thought a Trump Presidency was simply all talk. However, in just a few weeks, President Trump becomes a reality – and not a reality TV show, […]

Local Jurisdictions Are Forced to Address Homelessness on Their Own

It is difficult to predict the future, however, for local leaders who are desperately in search of solutions to address homelessness on their streets, depending on resources from a federal government that is leaning toward less government participation could be a recipe for a larger human crisis.