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Responding to Homelessness in DC

Jay Melder

We are delighted to welcome Jay Melder to discuss homelessness in DC on Wednesday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. in Battelle-Tompkins 228. 

In this presentation, Jay Melder discusses the challenges of responding to homelessness in DC, a city that has been radically transformed in recent years by new urban developments and changing demographics. 

Jay Melder, Chief of Staff, DC Department of Human Services, discusses these challenges for the future of DC. Our city has experienced incredible change and growth in the last decades, but still struggles with poverty, gentrification, the displacement of long-time residents, and urban homelessness. Find out more about how city agencies, organizations, and officials take on the challenges of chronic homelessness in this engaging and timely conversation. 


About our speaker

Jay Melder is Chief of Staff of the District of Columbia Department of Human Services. He has served as Director of Communications and External Affairs on the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, and has also worked for the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2010-2011 he was Poet in Residence at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. 

To learn more about Jay's work, visit our Wordpress site.