ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis city leaders received advice on how to reduce downtown homelessness to a mere fraction of the population by an expert on ending homelessness.
Lloyd Pendleton is the former director of the Homeless Task Force for the state of Utah who oversaw a 90 percent reduction in homelessness in just one decade.
“You cannot really end homeless,” Pendleton says, “but what you want is a system in place that quickly identifies a homeless family or individual, provides the services and support for them to get back into housing and integrate into the community.”
Pendleton tells St. Louis city leaders by following his successful Utah formula, the homeless population in St. Louis could be reduced to one-tenth of 1 percent within 5 years.
“You just need the political leaders to step up, the other leaders in the community to come together around a common vision,” he says.
St. Louis currently has an annual homeless population of half of 1 percent.
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