Wife asked me why I don't retire. I said this is too important.
Pendleton: homeless have a lot of trauma. Brain injuries, It;s not ours to judge them, but to bring them hope.
Isaac Newton quote: Men build too many walls and not enough bridges."
Hhomeless costs $48,792 per person in some communities.
Pendleton running through a lot of stats about homeless in California and nation.
Utah's homeless committee includes many statewide offiicials
Need to get state buy-in to support, but local committee gets it done.
How is homeless ended? Paradigm shift.
Two core convictions: once chaos of homelessness removed from a person's life, they can stabilize faster.
It's a harm reduction approach.
The homeless person needs to trust me, needs to feel safe.
I don't demand anything of them.
Homeless person needs to develop relationship.
Under model, homeless pay 30 percent of income or $50 a month. It's not enabling.
We don't like them to die. We want them to be part of community.
It's important to bring those who have experienced issues to those who need help, Pendleton says.
Pendleton: We took the worst, challenging difficult people first. We had 85 percent of them housed in 12 months.
Now we do anything necessary to keep them housed.
County staff believe, city staff believe, they all believe. And it works. We believed it. We made it happen. We did it.
Start. Learn. It's magic what happens.
Pendleton showing pics of hotels turned into housing.
He says residents become part of communities, doing service projects.
Pendleton says residents must pay rent, be civil. If not, they will be returned to streets.
There needs to be consequences.
He said 2 percent walk away from program.