Lloyd Pendleton

The Housing First approach to homelessness

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About Lloyd Pendleton

After retiring from management positions at Ford Motor Company and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lloyd Pendleton began his second career as the Director of Utah’s Homeless Task Force in 2006. His goal: To functionally eliminate the state’s chronic homelessness problem within 10 years. Through Utah’s Housing First program, Lloyd prioritized providing the homeless with short-term assistance to find permanent housing quickly, and without conditions. With access to permanent, stable housing, individuals were better equipped to sustainably improve their wellbeing. The Housing First approach succeeded in reducing the number of homeless from 1,932 to 168 by 2016. Lloyd retired from state employment in June 2015, and has since been consulting with other states about different approaches to eliminate chronic homelessness.

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Lloyd Pendleton began his career as Director of Utah’s Homeless Task Force in 2006 with the goal of functionally eliminating the state’s chronic homelessness problem within 10 years. In his 2016 TEDMED Talk, Lloyd shares the inspiring account of how Utah's Housing First program reduced the number of chronically homeless from 1,932 to 168 in just 10 years. 

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