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SouthBound: Kathy Izard On Finding Homes For The Homeless, Finding Herself

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Kathy Izard

Have you ever heard that little voice telling you to do something more with your life? Kathy Izard heard that voice, and unlike many of us, she decided to listen.

In 2007, she quit her graphic design business to start working on a project to find homes for the homeless in Charlotte. That led to Moore Place, a building that now houses 120 people who were formerly among the city’s chronically homeless. Two years ago, Izard wrote and self-published a book about her journey, called “The Hundred Story Home.” The book sold so well that a division of Harper Collins, one of America’s big publishing houses, is putting out a new edition on June 26. As we'll hear on this week's SouthBound podcast, Kathy Izard listened to that little voice — and it changed not just her life, but the lives of the homeless in her city.

Show Notes:

Music From This Episode:

  • Lights At Sea - Bateau
  • New Orleans Instrumental No. 1 - R.E.M.

Let's keep the conversation going. Send a tweet to @tommytomlinson or @wfae, and use the hashtag #WFAESouthBound. You can also email me at tomlinsonwrites@gmail.com.

Where to Listen:

New episodes of SouthBound will come out every other week on Wednesday. Subscribe:
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SouthBound is a production of WFAE. Our host is Tommy Tomlinson. Our producer is Nick de la Canal. Our web manager is Jennifer Lang. Our audience engagement producer is Joni Deutsch, and our theme music comes from Josh Turner.

Tommy Tomlinson has hosted the podcast SouthBound for WFAE since 2017. He also does a commentary that airs every Monday. He's the author of "The Elephant in the Room," a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. He has also written for publications including Esquire, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Garden & Gun. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.

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