April 2023 CPS & CPPS Community of Practice

“Creating Accessible Housing as Peer Providers”
with David Carlson and Brianna Traut

April 20th, 2023 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm CT


  • David Carlson

David Carlson is the founder and co-owner of C.C. We Adapt, co-founder/co-owner of Next Generation Properties, LLC, and co-founder/co-owner of Next Generation Mentors. David is going into his third year at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where his focus areas are Healthcare Law and Healthcare Compliance. David has a background of diverse experiences. He is an early childhood trauma survivor. He has significant lived experience with youth and adult incarceration, as well as youth and adult homelessness. He is an Army National Guard combat veteran. David’s life now revolves around his family, wife Alicia Carlson, two sons, Knox and Lenox Carlson, and a new baby on the way. David has dedicated his life to expanding resources for more people from backgrounds like his to have the opportunity to enjoy the promises of life, liberty, and happiness–realities that have for too long only been enjoyed by a privileged class.

  • Brianna Traut

Brianna Traut is a Certified Peer Specialist with C.C. We Adapt as well as the General Manager Next Generation Properties.

Brianna is a single mom and has a 3-year-old son named Rowan! Rowan is the reason she pushes herself every day to be better. She is recovering from addiction to opiates and has been in recovery for 5 years. Throughout her addiction, she had periods of incarceration and rehab stays and she never had someone who truly understood her or what she was going through. Eventually, she was able to get into treatment court through Eau Claire County and successfully complete the program.

Brianna came to a point in her life where she felt things were changing around her, however, she felt she was still in the same place. She wanted to grow and begin helping others who have experiences similar to her; and, this is where she found peer support. Peer support completely changed her life. She felt her purpose was to help others, especially because she could connect with the individuals and feel like she has been there. By being in these similar situations and places before, Brianna now gives people hope in any situation that they may be in.



Tenant Support Mentorship is a concept that was created by C.C. We Adapt and that has become its own form of peer services under Next Generation Mentors. This presentation will illuminate how peer service providers are uniquely positioned to take on the housing epidemic that is facing every community, and that is negatively impacting marginalized community members at a disproportionate rate.



Feedback Survey/CEH Information:

We invite you to please fill out the evaluation survey link (click here) if you attended this community of practice gathering or if you watch the recordingThe survey will close at 4:30pm on Thursday, May 4th. Certificates of Participation will be sent to those completing the evaluation form by 4:30pm on May 11th, 2023. No evaluation surveys will be accepted for CEH credit after the evaluation survey’s closing date/time.

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