Given up at birth, Chris Patterson bounced around multiple homes in the Spokane area. But Patterson didn’t become just another physically abused child lost in the system. He became the system.
Patterson formed a company, BreakThrough Inc., in 2006 to help provide services to lost kids like he once was. On May 13, 2019, President Donald Trump’s administration appointed Patterson to serve as one of only 10 regional administrators for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The teen who once worked ground maintenance at Riverside High School now is based in San Francisco and oversees a vast bureaucracy that provides housing assistance and grants to needy people in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa.
“Even if I did have some of that stuff happen to me, it’s bygones,” Patterson said, referring to the abuse he endured. “I learned to let …