James Abro

James Abro is the author of An Odyssey in the Great American Safety Net, a personal memoir of homelessness and recovery. He is the founder of Advocate for Economic Fairness and 32 Beach Productions.  He works locally with faith-based Homeless Outreach groups, and nationally as an advocate for Homeless Rights.  He is a regular contributor to Rebelle Society and TalkPoverty.

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Friday, November 13, 2015
We Don’t Need to Wait on Congress to Fight Homelessness
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness , “On a single night in January 2014, 578,424 people were experiencing homelessness—meaning they were sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter or a transitional housing program.” It is clear from the numbers alone that in communities across...
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Saturday, May 23, 2015
Social Services: Listen to People Who Have Experienced Poverty
In 2009, after caring for a terminally ill parent, I became homeless and destitute due to circumstances beyond my control. The Unites States Interagency Counsel on Homelessness provides funding to states for programs designed to create permanent housing situations for individuals and families in...
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Friday, March 13, 2015
Retaking the Moral High Ground in the Fight Against Poverty
If a nation has the ways and means to solve a social problem that is devastating millions of its citizens’ lives, but it fails to act, doesn’t that mean resolving the problem depends more on moral values than on coming up with new economic policies? The social problem I am talking about is poverty...
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Thursday, February 12, 2015
The False Assumption: Everyone Wants to End Poverty
The debate about income inequality and poverty in America is generally carried out with the underlying assumption that everyone wants to end poverty, and there are well-meaning though different approaches to doing so. But what if that’s not true? What if the assumption is false? Should we continue...
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Saturday, November 08, 2014
Money, Politics, and Poverty: Ready for a Paradigm Shift
Give Directly has garnered a lot of attention lately for advocating and implementing a radical new approach to fighting poverty in Kenya and Uganda: unconditional cash transfers. The NGO simply targets places where there is extreme poverty and provides individuals with direct transfers of cash. In...
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Sunday, October 12, 2014
Poverty and Homelessness are Human and Civil Rights Issues
In 1962, Thomas Kuhn wrote The Structure of Scientific Revolution. In it he defined and popularized the concept of “paradigm shift”. Kuhn argues that scientific advancement is not evolutionary, but a “series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions”, and in those...
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