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He fought for years to end homelessness in Charlotte. Now there are big changes ahead.

Dale Mullennix, executive director of the Charlotte Urban Ministry Center, is retiring in spring 2019.
Dale Mullennix, executive director of the Charlotte Urban Ministry Center, is retiring in spring 2019. Observer Archive Photo

One of the state's most prominent advocates for the homeless has announced he'll retire next year.

Dale Mullennix, executive director of the Charlotte Urban Ministry Center, is stepping down from the position in spring 2019.

Mullennix founded the center in 1994 and for more than two decades has worked to provide resources for people experiencing homelessness. Those resources included housing, art and cooking programs, as well as substance abuse treatment, according to a press release.

One of the center's key accomplishments came in 2012, when it helped open Moore Place, an apartment complex that provides housing for people in the city who are the most at risk for homelessness.

“I have had no greater privilege than to serve the needs of the men, women, and families that have been living on Charlotte’s streets," Mullennix said in a statement.

“I am also blessed to have worked beside those whose lives have been transformed by serving people who experience homelessness — our volunteers, and the incredible staff at the Urban Ministry Center," Mullennix stated. "I am equally blessed by my wonderful family that has been by my side supporting this mission.”

A national search for a new executive director will start in the summer, according to the Urban Ministry Center.

LaVendrick Smith: @LaVendrickS
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