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National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference

This week I’m blogging from Washington, D.C.!  Several of our team members – Charles Moss, Charles Samuels, Sheila Crump, Joe Hamby, and myself – are attending the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ annual conference.  Earlier today we heard about the great progress all over the United States in ending homelessness among veterans from Nan Roman, the CEO of the National Alliance.  We were then wowed by the opening welcome from D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser, where she shared the incredible financial investment D.C. is making to end homelessness in our nation’s capital. 

For the next two days our MSC team will be engaged with colleagues from across the nation as we learn and share best practices, creative approaches, and encouragement.  I have the honor of presenting a workshop on Friday morning in partnership with two outstanding agencies from L.A. and Seattle about best practices in helping people with substance abuse.  I’ll give you a sneak preview…. MSC wholeheartedly believes in and practices a harm reduction strategy. 

I’ll share more about this with you all next week, but for now, we’re making the most of our time in Washington.

Carson Dean

In September 2008 I became the Executive Director of the Men's Shelter of Charlotte. I've spent almost 15 years working to end homelessness in North Carolina. After working with homeless and runaway youth in Raleigh, I served as the Director of the South Wilmington Street Center (men's shelter) in Wake County and then worked on Orange County's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. I am a former board chair for the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness and former chair of the Homeless Services Network in Charlotte. In 2014 I served as the partner agency representative on the United Way Central Carolinas board of directors.

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