Skip to content

Archive | PATH_ Poverty Insights

Latest items syndicated in from PATH_ Poverty Insights (http://www.povertyinsights.org/) related to homelessness.

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

September 25, 2018
Posted in ,

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...

Continue Reading

An Ambidextrous Approach to Ending Homelessness

June 13, 2018
Posted in ,

While some of us can tune political divisiveness out by turning off our televisions and radios there are others who are the real victims of this discord; the homeless. The left/right divide halts action and in this instance, has the unfortunate outcome of people continuing to sleep on our streets....

Continue Reading

Top Ten Homelessness Trends and Issues in 2017

January 2, 2018
Posted in ,

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...

Continue Reading

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

November 16, 2017
Posted in ,

This week is National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, but do Californians really need to be reminded? Tattered tents along sidewalks, beat-up recreational vehicles parked on streets and panhandlers are common. Last year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development documented that California is home to 22 percent of all...

Continue Reading

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

June 2, 2017
Posted in ,

No one in Los Angeles was surprised to hear on Wednesday that the homeless population had ballooned yet again. Everywhere one looks one sees people sleeping on sidewalks, in tents and recreational vehicles. The homeless are now a part of our urban and suburban landscape. But there’s no reason to...

Continue Reading

We Need a New Business Model for Nonprofit Charities

May 10, 2016
Posted in ,

In my tenure as the leader of a community based organization in Southern California, I have seen dozens of small agencies go out of business. Some of these charities performed amazing services for the most needy people in our society. They provided shelter for people living on the streets, counselling...

Continue Reading

Homelessness Today: That Was Then, This Is Now

February 2, 2016
Posted in ,

Photo by Karim Corban I remember a couple of decades ago helping people who were homeless was much easier. Not easy, but easier. I remember that most of the people who walked into our transitional housing program in West Los Angeles looked like you or me. They entered our front...

Continue Reading

American Cities Rank High on Worldwide Homelessness Scale

October 20, 2015
Posted in ,

Photo by Alex Proimos When I think of poverty in a global sense, I imagine slums like the shantytowns of Nairobi or the favelas of Sao Paulo. I see rickety shacks precariously hugging dirt hills and sad-looking children drinking dirty water. Never would I imagine that America’s two largest cities...

Continue Reading

It Could Happen to Them

July 27, 2015
Posted in ,

Photo by Alex Proimos Years ago, when I first became the leader of a small homeless agency on the Westside of Los Angeles, I used to start my presentations to the community by saying, “It could happen to you.” “It” was homelessness. And “you” was the average middle-class American who...

Continue Reading

Anti-Poverty Agencies Should Not Pay Poverty Wages

July 16, 2015
Posted in ,

Photo by The All Night-Images A movement to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour is sweeping the country. Cities, such as Seattle and San Francisco, have voted in favor of the increase. Los Angeles has now followed suit. During the decision-making process, local jurisdictions have struggled to balance...

Continue Reading