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Fort Worth celebrates opening of HUD EnVision Center

Posted May 7, 2019

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Observing the opening of the EnVision Center were Mayor Betsy Price, District 5 Councilmember Gyna Bivens and HUD Regional Administrator Beth Van Duyne.

The City of Fort Worth and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have officially opened the doors to Texas’ only HUD EnVision Center at Martin Luther King Community Center. The center is in Fort Worth’s Stop Six neighborhood, with services targeted to residents of the Cavile Place public housing complex, although other area residents can access services.

View a video about the opening events.

HUD’s EnVision Centers are premised on the notion that financial support alone can’t solve the problem of poverty, and that collective efforts across a diverse set of organizations, both public and private, are needed to help low-income individuals and families rise out of it. The programs offered are based on the EnVision Center’s four pillars: economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, and character development.

“Fort Worth has seen great success in leveraging public-private partnerships to provide resources to our citizens,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “We look forward to collaborating with HUD, Fort Worth Housing Solutions and our other EnVision Center partners to provide the training and resources Stop Six residents need to become self-sufficient.”

“EnVision Centers are an investment in America’s and Fort Worth’s most important resource — our people,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “This center will be a resource to residents and will promote self-sufficiency among HUD-assisted households. Mayor Price and the City of Fort Worth have been exemplary partners in this venture. We want everyone to achieve their American dream — we just need to create the conditions in which people can realize their potential, and that’s what this opening is all about.”

The opening of the EnVision Center at the MLK Community Center, 5565 Truman Drive, coincides with the revitalization of the Cavile neighborhood in Stop Six. The city recently allocated $2.56 million for neighborhood improvements, including new sidewalks, brush cleanup, blighted and dilapidated structure teardown and new security cameras to reduce crime.

Each EnVision Center has convened local stakeholders and resident councils to assist in prioritizing the services most needed by the community. 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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