HUD launches EnVision Centers in an effort to boost self-sufficiency

Amber Coakley — San Diego, Calif.
UPDATED 12:56 PM PT — Friday, May 17, 2019

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) aims to ensure Americans are given access to safe, fair, and affordable housing. Under the direction of the Trump administration, the department has launched a new initiative, which it hopes will open doors of opportunity for families receiving assistance. The goal is for families to become independent, while fulfilling their potential on a path forward.

“Housing assistance should be more than just putting a roof over someone’s head,” stated HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “These EnVision Centers offer a more holistic housing approach by connecting HUD-assisted families with the tools they need to become self-sufficient and to flourish.”

The new EnVision Centers are designed to provide communities with education, job training, health resources, financial counseling, and mentorship. They will also offer streamlined access to services already provided by HUD and other federal agencies.

The department has created, what they call, the Four Pillars of Opportunity as a basis to foster long-lasting self-sufficiency. This includes economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, and character and leadership.

According to a Government Accountability Office report, efforts to help low-income Americans are more effective when government services are collocated. With the EnVision Initiative, American families are given the resources they need to rise above the cycle of poverty and build a foundation for future generations.

EnVision Centers have opened in the following cities:

o San Diego, CA
o Hartford, CT
o Washington, DC
o Kansas City, KS
o Bowling Green, KY
o Detroit, MI
o Kansas City, MOKansas City, MO
o Hickory, NC
o Grand Forks, ND
o Choctaw Nation, OK
o Philadelphia, PA
o Fort Worth, TX
o Spokane, WA

For more information visit https://www.hud.gov/.

President Trump speaks alongside HUD Secretary Ben Carson. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)