Secretary Carson Announces New EnVIsion Centers

Last week HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced the first round of ‘EnVision Center’ designations in 17 communities across the nation. The EnVision Center Demonstration, a multi-faceted effort that entails brick and mortar hub sites, digital resources and access to a network of local service organizations, will offer HUD-assisted families access to support services that can help them achieve self-sufficiency. The sites will serve as an incubator to support four key pillars: economic empowerment; educational advancement; health and wellness; and character and leadership. According to HUD, 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,” and HUD will develop tools to track and measure resident outcomes of EnVision Center participants and services. In addition to Detroit, which was designated earlier this year and opened their hub site last week, selected communities include Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

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