HUDHENDERSON, Ky. (10/14/19) — U.S. Housing and Urban Development  Southeast Regional Administrator Denise Cleveland-Leggett today officially recognized and designated the Housing Authority of Henderson as an EnVision Center to serve as a critical component of Secretary Ben Carson’s signature initiative.

The Housing Authority of Henderson plans to celebrate its Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting to announce the goals and visions of the EnVision Center 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Housing Authority of Henderson gym, 111 S. Adams St., Henderson.

Cleveland-Liggett, and other HUD, state and local officials will be in attendance.

Only 17 communities in the nation have received this EnVision Center designation this year, HUD officials reported. Following a highly competitive selection process, the Housing Authority of Henderson was selected as only the second in Kentucky.

“As we work to succeed in helping more families become self-sufficient, more families will be able to access the housing assistance they so desperately need,” Ms. Cleveland-Leggett. “EnVision Centers bring hope, opportunity and a platform of stability from which long-term success for thousands of families across the state and region may be able to benefit.”

City of Henderson Mayor Steve Austin said the designation is valuable to the community for many reasons, including the workforce development opportunities it brings.

“We can and should be extremely proud of our Henderson Housing Authority and its management team for being recognized as one of the sites nationally to be designated a HUD EnVision Center,” Austin said in a statement. “The EnVision Center will provide our Housing residents and low income families with a centralized hub for services. Those services will include workforce development opportunities as well as housing and living assistance, family and educational support and a dozen other valuable opportunities for our citizens. It’s another big step forward for our community to collaborate for future success.”

EnVision Centers offer HUD-assisted family’s 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.

The Housing Authority’s Certified Nursing Assistant program is one success story of self-sufficiency.

“The program has changed my life and furthered my career in the medical field,” said Regina Stone, a Section 8 Family Self­-Sufficiency participant and graduate of the 2009 CNA class.

Through partnerships with key organizations such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development, city of Henderson, Henderson Community College, Henderson County Public School System, Health First Community Health Center, United Way of Henderson County and the VITA Program, the Envision Center will connect HUD-assisted and low income households with services that offer pathways to self-sufficiency.

“The mission of the Housing Authority of Henderson is to meet our community’s needs by providing affordable quality housing and economic opportunities. It is our belief that a pathway to self-sufficiency through economic and educational opportunities lays the foundation for success in life,” said Bobbie Jarret, Housing Authority Director. “The Henderson Community has been very instrumental in providing services and programs for our residents.”

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