Kathy Izard is an award-winning author and speaker who helped bring transformation to Charlotte in homelessness, housing, and mental health. Kathy led the development of Moore Place, the city’s first permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless men and women, and led the development campaign for HopeWay, Charlotte’s first nonprofit residential mental health treatment center. Her memoir The Hundred Story Home received a 2017 Christopher Award and has been featured on NPR as well as the Today Show. In 2019, she released A Good Night for Mr. Coleman, a children’s book written to encourage kids to dream big and Do Good. Kathy is the recipient of  the Bank of America Neighborhood Hero Award, the NC Housing Volunteer of the Year Award, and was recognized as a William J. Clinton Distinguished Guest Lecturer.

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