Spokane designated one of HUD’s “EnVision” centers

Spokane designated one of HUD’s “EnVision” centers

Spokane today was named one of the first 17 communities around the country to be what U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson calls an ‘EnVision Center.’ One of Secretary Carson’s signature initiatives, EnVision Centers will offer HUD-assisted families access to support services that can help them achieve self-sufficiency, thereby making scarce federal resources more readily available to a greater number of households currently waiting to receive HUD assistance.

“Housing assistance should be more than just putting a roof over someone’s head,” said Secretary 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.”

Located on or near public housing developments, EnVision Centers will be centralized hubs that serve as an incubator to support four key pillars of self-sufficiency– (1) Economic Empowerment, (2) Educational Advancement, (3) Health and Wellness, and (4) Character and Leadership.

Through results-driven partnerships with organizations such as: federal agencies, state and local governments, non-profits, faith-based organizations, corporations, public housing authorities, and housing finance agencies, EnVision Centers will leverage public-private partnerships to connect HUD-assisted households with services that offer pathways to self-sufficiency.

After the groundbreaking each demonstration community receiving the EnVision Center designation will convene with their local stakeholders and resident councils to assist in the selection of services to be offered at the Center, as a means of ensuring that many voices are heard and the needs identified are addressed. HUD will develop tools to track and measure resident outcomes of EnVision Center participants and services – the goal of which is to ensure the EnVision Centers are able to achieve and monitor progress against the goals of the program.

The EnVision Center demonstration communities announced today include:

California
San Diego
San Diego Housing Commission & San Diego Workforce Partnership
City of San Diego

Connecticut
Hartford
Hartford Housing Authority & Catholic Charities
City of Hartford

District of Columbia
Washington
District of Columbia Housing Authority
District of Columbia

Illinois
Chicago
A Safe Haven Foundation & All Chicago Making Homelessness History
City of Chicago

Kansas
Kansas City
aSTEAM Village, Kansas City Kansas Housing Authority
City of Kansas City, Kansas

Kentucky
Bowling Green
Housing Authority of Bowling Green & WROTE, Inc.
City of Bowling Green

Michigan
Detroit
Detroit Housing Commission
City of Detroit

Detroit
Life Remodeled
City of Detroit

Inkster
Inkster Housing Commission
City of Inkster

Missouri
Kansas City
aSTEAM Village, Kansas City Missouri Housing Authority
City of Kansas City, Missouri

New Jersey
Phillipsburg
Community Prevention Resources of Warren County & Phillipsburg Housing Authority
Town of Phillipsburg

North Carolina
Hickory
Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority
City of Hickory

North Dakota
Grand Forks
Grand Forks Homes, Inc. & Grand Forks Housing Authority
City of Grand Forks

Ohio
Youngstown
United Returning Citizens Inc & Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority
City of Youngstown

Oklahoma
Choctaw Nation
Choctaw Nation & Choctaw Nation Housing Authority
City of Poteau

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Philadelphia Housing Authority
City of Philadelphia

Texas
Fort Worth
Fort Worth Housing Solutions
City of Fort Worth

Washington
Spokane
Spokane Area Workforce Development Council & Spokane Housing Authority
City of Spokane