Ben Carson EnVision Centers come to Fort Worth

by Perry Pillow, AATC Director of Government Affairs

Image courtesy of Fort Worth Business Press.

AATC 2018 Lyceum grad Mary Margaret Lemons, President of Fort Housing Solutions, recently met in Fort Worth with HUD Secretary Ben Carson to announce that Fort Worth Housing Solutions and the city of Fort Worth will be the site for the new EnVision Demonstration initiative. Fort Worth is one of seventeen sites across the United States chosen in a competitive application process.

EnVision Centers are Secretary Carson’s signature programs.  EnVision Centers will give HUD-assisted families an easier way to access all the support services needed to help them achieve self-sufficiency.  Envision Centers are designed to support four key pillars of self-sufficiency- (1) Economic Empowerment, (2) Educational Advancement, (3) Health and Wellness, and (4) Character and Leadership.

“While so many people have dreams for their children and for themselves, they just don’t know how to get started or what resources are available to help them, and that’s where the Envision Center comes in,” says Mary-Margaret Lemons. “The EnVision Center will be a catalyst for aligning resources and strengthening partnerships to help families pursue their dreams.”

The centralized hub for the Fort Worth EnVision Center will be the Martin Luther King Community Center in the Stop Six community in southeast East Fort Worth.  The City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Housing Solutions, community partners and stakeholders have begun planning the selection of services to be offered at the EnVision Center. Many job training programs are already available, as well as programs for children and youth.

To learn more about the EnVision Center demonstration, please visit  https://www.hud.gov/envisioncenters