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Maurice King

Maurice King is a native of North Carolina who was originally trained as a professional musician at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York . He later became a technical writer, which is his current line of work. He lived in Israel for 22 years and returned to the United States in 1998 to get help for his autistic son, settling in Chapel Hill , NC, the area in which the best services were available. He moved to the DC metro area in 2000 because of the lack of available work in the Triangle area in North Carolina . In the breakup of his marriage in 2003, he lost his job and residence and thereby became homeless. He was diagnosed with severe depression and after being hospitalized for his condition, he entered into the infirmary of the Community for Creative Non-Violence shelter in Washington , D.C.

Maurice was transferred into the main shelter at CCNV a month and a half after his arrival, later became a monitor there, and ultimately a staff member. During the early part of his residence at CCNV, he was approached by the editors at Street Sense about writing a regular monthly column for the paper, which he began doing in January 2004 and continues to do today. He began to write a novel based upon his experiences as a homeless man, which he completed in 2006 and is in the process of editing prior to searching for a publisher. He joined the Speakers' Bureau in November 2008.

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