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Secretary Carson visits Fort Worth to unveil EnVision site

Posted June 20, 2018

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Secretary Ben Carson addresses Fort Worth residents who attended the launch of an EnVision Center at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Stop Six to unveil a new EnVision Center that will be located in the eastside community center.

Fort Worth is one of 17 cities in the United Sates that has an EnVision Center, and the only one in Texas.

One of Carson’s signature initiatives, EnVision Centers will offer HUD-assisted families access to support services that can help them achieve self-sufficiency, making federal resources more readily available to more households.

Neighborhood Services Assistant Director Sonia Singleton said because of all the work the city and the community center were doing to help Stop Six already, bringing the EnVision center to Fort Worth seemed a natural fit.

“It made sense to select the MLK Community Center since it is in the same area as the Caville Place apartments,” Singleton said. “Since the project was going to be partnered with the housing authority, working with residents to work on self-sufficiency, it just became a very natural fit for it to be at the MLK Community Center.”

Carson gave a speech to residents and media before a brief Q&A session. Afterwards, Carson and District 5 Councilmember Gyna Bivens met with a roundtable of local leaders from various organizations to discuss how the EnVision Center can best help Fort Worth residents.

“Housing assistance should be more than just putting a roof over someone’s head,” Carson said. “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 unveiling of the EnVision Center at MLK coincides with the revitalization of the Cavile neighborhood in Stop Six, a $2.56 million project by the city to help add sidewalks, clean up brush, tear down dilapidated structures and add security cameras to help reduce crime.

About the EnVision Centers

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:

  • Economic empowerment.
  • Educational advancement.
  • Health and wellness.
  • Character and leadership.

Through results-driven partnerships with organizations such as Fort Worth Housing Solutions, EnVision Centers will leverage public-private partnerships to connect HUD-assisted households with services that offer pathways to self-sufficiency.

Each demonstration community receiving the EnVision Center designation will convene with local stakeholders and resident councils to assist in selecting services to be offered at the center. HUD will develop tools to track and measure resident outcomes of EnVision Center participants and services — the goal of which is to ensure EnVision Centers are able to achieve and monitor progress against the goals of the program.

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