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Housing First case study: Lloyd Pendleton and Utah's housing effort

Lloyd Pendleton was the featured speaker at the Nov. 16, 2015 housing forum in Everett. For more than eleven years Lloyd has been an advocate for the homeless.  In 2004 as a part-time loaned executive, he took the lead in writing and implementing the State of Utah’s Ten-Year Plan for ending chronic homelessness.  In 2006, Lloyd retired from his employment and went to work for the state as Director of the Homeless Task Force to continue implementation of the plan to end chronic homelessness and reduce overall homelessness by 2015. As of the January point-in-time homeless count, the State of Utah had reduced their chronic homeless county by 91%.  Lloyd left State employment June 1, 2015 and is now speaking and consulting across the country sharing how they accomplished this reduction.

Because of his work with Utah’s homeless population and the agencies that serve them, he was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Award for Excellence.  Also, in 2009 Lloyd was selected as one of 39 Purpose Prize Fellows from 1,200 applicants as a social entrepreneur in a second career.  Lloyd also was loaned by the State of Utah to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness for six months – September 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013 where he worked with the Department of Justice on reducing homelessness for those coming out of incarceration. 

Prior to his appointment with the state, Lloyd was in management with Ford Motor Company for 14 years. After leaving Ford, Lloyd worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Welfare Department for 26 years where he worked in many positions including controller of the Bishop’s storehouses and canneries, Bishops Storehouse Manager, plus managing several operational units.  He was also instrumental in assisting with the development and implementation of a worldwide humanitarian program for the LDS Church including managing the Humanitarian Center for several years.

Lloyd is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Masters of Business Administration.  He is married and has two daughters and four grandchildren.