Ben Carson calls Spokane's Envision Center a 'wonderful endeavor'

SPOKANE, Wash. - Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson made his way to the Lilac City in light of the housing issues surrounding Spokane.

Carson met with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers as well as Spokane Mayor David Condon Tuesday morning.

Carson had a day of events lined up with McMorris Rodgers, and it all started with a tour and roundtable discussion at the Envision Center.

The center, which opened its doors just a few months ago, is part of a network of HUD Envision Centers throughout the country.

The resource center acts like a one-stop shop for non-profits to offer their services.

There are several services available like pre-employment, health and wellness, but perhaps no service is more important to many in Spokane than housing.

People dealing with homelessness, those coming out of jail, or other vulnerable groups are encouraged to get help at the Envision Center.

"First of all, this is a wonderful endeavor that shows what happens when a lot of people come together, work together for the good of the community, and of course, the Envision Centers are really to provide sort of like wrap around services for those in our community who could use some help ascending the ladder of opportunity and success," Carson said.

Spokane's envision center is one of just 18 in the country.

Anyone interested in those services at the Envision Center can make a visit at 130 South Arthur Street. 
The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the Envision Center was located on South Stone Street.