Spokane Among the First Round of 'Envision Center' Designations

Julie Happy, 509.625.7773

Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 1:52 p.m.

Today, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson traveled to his hometown of Detroit to announce the first round of ‘EnVision Center’ designations in 17 communities around the nation. EnVision Centers will offer HUD-assisted families 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.

Through results-driven partnerships with organizations such as: federal agencies, state and local governments, non-profits, faith-based organizations, corporations, public housing authorities, and housing finance agencies, EnVision Centers will leverage public-private partnerships to connect HUD-assisted households with services that offer pathways to self-sufficiency.

“We are very excited Spokane has been chosen for this first round of EnVision Centers, “said Community, Housing and Human Services Director, Kelly Keenan. “This is an extraordinary opportunity to leverage existing partnerships and further streamline and coordinate access to services.”

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, as a means of ensuring that many voices are heard and the needs identified are addressed. HUD will develop tools to track and measure resident outcomes of EnVision Center participants and services – the goal of which is to ensure the EnVision Centers are able to achieve and monitor progress against the goals of the program.

The EnVision Center demonstration communities announced today include:



Housing / Community Partnering Organization

Municipal Partnering Agency


San Diego

San Diego Housing Commission & San Diego Workforce Partnership

City of San Diego



Hartford Housing Authority & Catholic Charities

City of Hartford

District of Columbia


District of Columbia Housing Authority

District of Columbia



A Safe Haven Foundation & All Chicago Making Homelessness History

City of Chicago


Kansas City

aSTEAM Village, Kansas City Kansas Housing Authority

City of Kansas City, Kansas


Bowling Green

Housing Authority of Bowling Green & WROTE, Inc.

City of Bowling Green



Detroit Housing Commission

City of Detroit


Life Remodeled

City of Detroit


Inkster Housing Commission

City of Inkster


Kansas City

aSTEAM Village, Kansas City Missouri Housing Authority

City of Kansas City, Missouri

New Jersey


Community Prevention Resources of Warren County & Phillipsburg Housing Authority

Town of Phillipsburg

North Carolina


Western Piedmont Council of Governments Regional Housing Authority

City of Hickory

North Dakota

Grand Forks

Grand Forks Homes, Inc. & Grand Forks Housing Authority

City of Grand Forks



United Returning Citizens Inc & Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority

City of Youngstown


Choctaw Nation

Choctaw Nation & Choctaw Nation Housing Authority

City of Poteau



Philadelphia Housing Authority

City of Philadelphia


Fort Worth

Fort Worth Housing Solutions

City of Fort Worth



Spokane Area Workforce Development Council & Spokane Housing Authority

City of Spokane

HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.